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Communications Advisor


Pam Fessler recently retired from NPR, where she was an award-winning correspondent and editor for more than 28 years. For much of that time, she reported on elections and voting, including efforts to make voting more accessible, accurate, and secure. She did stories on everything from debates over voter ID laws to Russian hacking attempts and the impact of misinformation. Pam also covered poverty and homeland security, and oversaw the network’s election coverage in the late 1990s. Before coming to NPR, she was a senior writer at Congressional Quarterly and a reporter at The Record newspaper in Hackensack, New Jersey. Pam recently wrote her first book, Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice (Liveright, 2020).

Pam has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. She’s a proud Jersey girl and still says “you guys” a lot.