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National Security Correspondent

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  • Bachelor of Arts , Latin American Studies
    Carleton College
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David Welna
David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
Having previously covered Congress over a 13-year period starting in 2001, Welna reported extensively on matters related to national security. He covered the debates on Capitol Hill...
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David Welna
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David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
Having previously covered Congress over a 13-year period starting in 2001, Welna reported extensively on matters related to national security. He covered the debates on Capitol Hill over authorizing the use of military force prior to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the expansion of government surveillance practices arising from Congress' approval of the USA Patriot Act. Welna also reported on congressional probes into the use of torture by U.S. officials interrogating terrorism suspects. He also traveled with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Afghanistan on the Pentagon chief's first overseas trip in that post.
In mid-1998, after 15 years of reporting from abroad for NPR, Welna joined NPR's Chicago bureau. During that posting, he reported on a wide range of issues: changes in Midwestern agriculture that threaten the survival of small farms, the personal impact of foreign conflicts and economic crises in the heartland, and efforts to improve public education. His background in Latin America informed his coverage of the saga of Elian Gonzalez both in Miami and Cuba.
Welna first filed stories for NPR as a freelancer in 1982, based in Buenos Aires. From there, and subsequently from Rio de Janeiro, he covered events throughout South America. In 1995, Welna became the chief of NPR's Mexico bureau.
Additionally, he has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Financial Times, and The Times of London. Welna's photography has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The PhiladelphiaInquirer.
Covering a wide range of stories in Latin America, Welna chronicled the wrenching 1985 trial of Argentina's former military leaders who presided over the disappearance of tens of thousands of suspected dissidents. In Brazil, he visited a town in Sao Paulo state called Americana where former slaveholders from America relocated after the Civil War. Welna covered the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, the mass exodus of Cubans who fled the island on rafts in 1994, the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, and the U.S. intervention in Haiti to restore Jean Bertrand Aristide to Haiti's presidency.
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Welna was honored with the 2011 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, given by the National Press Foundation. In 1995, he was awarded an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of Haiti. During that same year he was chosen by the Latin American Studies Association to receive their annual award for distinguished coverage of Latin America. Welna was awarded a 1997 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2002, Welna was elected by his colleagues to a two-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio-Television Correspondents' Galleries.
A native of Minnesota, Welna graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and distinction in Latin American Studies. He was subsequently a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellow. He speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
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David Welna, NPR
David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
Having previously covered Congress over a 13-year period starting in 2001, Welna reported extensively on matters related to national security. He covered the debates on Capitol Hill...
The latest court session took place ...
88fm.org, 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
The latest court session took place earlier this month and when it was over, NPR's David Welna met with several of the family members who were there.
DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: We sit in a small circle inside an old airplane hangar near the Guantanamo war court.
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WELNA: Likewise, for Joel Shapiro, a 67-year-old New Yorker.
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WELNA: Tufts University student Robert Mathai was 8 when his father Joseph died at the World Trade Center.
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WELNA: In some ways, it seems like you're saying that there's more on trial than just these five defendants on display here.
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WELNA: One thing all the family members agree on is that while this proceeding is about justice, it should also be about what really happened, even the painful truths.
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WELNA: That would be a recently declassified Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention of suspected terrorists, including some of the five men in that courtroom.
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WELNA: The defense lawyers are looking at what's in that report and thinking that these descriptions of the interrogations their clients went through may serve as a mitigating factor in a trial where their death is being sought.
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WELNA: That's Adele Welty, who's 78.
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WELNA: There are other hills to climb.
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WELNA: What was their response?
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WELNA: And on that note, I'm wondering about back in the States, whether you have a sense of how present this terrible event is right now in people's mind as the years go by?
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WELNA: We end with a question for all four.
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WELNA: David Welna, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
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kut.org, 21 Aug 2014 [cached]
David Welna, NPR
David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
Having previously covered Congress over a 13-year period starting in 2001, Welna reported extensively on matters related to national security. He covered the debates on Capitol Hill...
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