Juana Summers

Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.

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4:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

House Leadership Ranks Remain Mostly Stagnant For Democrats

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:02 am

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4:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kansas Republicans Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:58 am

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It's All Politics
1:31 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is No GOP Bench Warmer

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington gave the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address in 2014. She's set to easily win re-election to a sixth term next week.
Susan Walsh AP

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the most powerful politicians in America. She's the top-ranking woman in the House GOP, and her political ambitions and trajectory have been debated everywhere from Capitol Hill to the pages of Glamour magazine. But when she walks into locally owned businesses like Maid Naturally in Spokane, Wash., she's just Cathy.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Constituent Services Give Voters Something To Remember

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., poses with constituent Noelle Hunter. In a campaign ad, Hunter explains that McConnell helped get her daughter back from Mali after a custody battle.
AP

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:49 pm

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4:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Blame Game Takes The Stage At Midterm Election Debates

Ebola is the latest issue to spill into debates this season. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (left) has blamed Republicans for cutting government health resources. His opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, says the CDC has been spending wastefully.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:31 pm

First there was ISIS. Now there's Ebola.

The Ebola health crisis is the latest global issue to become a fixture this campaign season, spilling into debates, campaign rhetoric — and even a few ads.

Political arguments about Ebola can roughly be divided into three groups.

Democrats argue that budget-cutting Republicans have deprived the government of the resources it needs to keep Americans safe from the threat of Ebola. That's the argument Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado made at a recent debate.

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It's All Politics
5:11 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Northern Virginia, Candidates See Opportunity In Asian Vote

In a campaign ad from John Foust, the candidate tries to appeal to Korean voters.
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Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 12:14 pm

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5:46 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Details Emerge Of Security Breach During Obama's CDC Visit

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 9:48 pm

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5:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

After Major Image Fumbles, NFL Now Runs Into Congress

Philadelphia Eagles player Zach Ertz attempts to catch a pass during Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Congress has seized on recent controversies to attack the NFL's tax-exempt status.
Rich Schultz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:10 pm

The NFL just kicked off its 2014 season, and the $9 billion league is currently facing two powerful opponents: its own image and Congress.

Lawmakers have seized on controversies over domestic violence, child abuse and a team name to attack the NFL's tax exemption. While the individual teams generate billions in profits and pay taxes, the league office is considered a nonprofit and does not pay federal income taxes.

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus
3:32 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Smartphone Apps Help To Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:02 am

NPR has been examining sexual assault on campus.

Dozens of U.S. colleges are being investigated over their handling of sexual assault claims.

Incoming freshman are especially vulnerable to those assaults.

The first six weeks of the semester are called the "red zone" when a student is most likely to experience rape or an attempted rape.

Amid all the concerns, there's new legislation in place for colleges, and there's hope that technology could help.

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7:03 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Whoopi Goldberg spoke out against teacher tenure during an episode of The View.
John Shearer AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education.

This week Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on ABC's The View to speak out against teacher tenure.

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2:24 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

A rooftop view of East Baltimore, 1979.
Elinor Cahn Courtesy of Elinor Cahn Photographs, The Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 5:21 pm

Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.

"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.

But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family.

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8:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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9:33 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

Margaret Middleton, Boston Children's Museum
Courtesy of Margaret Middleton

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:40 pm

When we talk about playing and learning, we naturally think of children's museums. Most major cities offer some experience like this, where kids are able to get their hands dirty, and — shocking! — learn something at the same time.

The museums — at least the good ones — are always both engaging and interactive in a way that's fun for kids, but they're also fun for grown-ups too. As we've been reporting for our series on play next month, it got me wondering: What goes into creating great museum experiences, and how do designers go about them?

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6:29 am
Sat June 14, 2014

The Anatomy Of A Dress Code

Joanna Neborsky for NPR

For principals and administrators, spring means a welcome end to snow days and delayed start times. But as the flowers and trees emerge from their winter slumber, so too do short pants, T-shirts, flip-flops and the inevitable battles over what kids can and can't wear to school.

It might as well be called "dress code" season.

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