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Wade Goodwyn is a National Desk Correspondent for National Public Radio. Goodwyn began his career in radio as a freelancer, and began working for NPR in 1991. His coverage focuses on news in and around Texas.

Early careerEdit

Goodwyn attended the University of Texas, graduating with a degree in history. His first career was as a political campaign staffer for Lloyd Doggett and Ralph Nader.[1] He spent time in New York as a political organizer, and his time listening to WNYC inspired him to pursue a career in radio in general, and with NPR in particular.[2][2]


In 1991, Goodwyn met with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel, who connected him with the NPR hiring office. Without prior experience in radio or journalism, Goodwyn began as a freelancer, learning radio techniques from his first editor, Judith Doherty.[2] To make his career transition financially possible, he moved back to Texas.[1]

In 1993 he went to Waco, Texas to add to National Desk Correspondent John Burnett's coverage of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege. It became a major national story, and Goodwyn managed the first interview of a former Branch Davidian and other scoops which led to his being hired by NPR as a staff correspondent.[1][2][3]

Goodwyn's stories are frequently included in NPR programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition, covering Texas, the surrounding states, and other stories of national interest.[4] Some of the noteworthy stories covered major hurricanes, the Oklahoma City bombing, the first case of ebola in the United States.[2]

Goodwyn is known for his baritone voice, which he says deepened with age.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Goodwyn is married with two children and works out of a home studio in Dallas, Texas.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Maddox, Will (August 14, 2018). "NPR 's Wade Goodwyn has a voice "like warm butter melting over barbecue'd sweet corn"". Advocate Magazine.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hicks, L. Wayne (September 14, 2016). "NPR's Wade Goodwyn on his best work and fighting for his voice". Current.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Abner (February 28, 2018). "NPR's Wade Goodwyn Reflects On Covering The Branch Davidian Siege, 25 Years Later". Houston Public Media.
  4. ^ a b Horgan, Richard (September 19, 2016). "The Enduring Appeal of NPR's Wade Goodwyn". AdWeek.