White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour and CNN Political Analyst - Spring '24
Laura Barrón-López is the White House Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, where she covers the Biden administration for the nightly news broadcast. Barrón-López also covers threats to democracy, right-wing extremism, and the 2024 election for NewsHour. She is also a CNN political analyst where she reports on news of the day and offers analysis based on her decade of experience covering government and politics.
In her time at PBS NewsHour, she’s traveled to Lewiston, Maine to cover the devastating impact on residents in and around the town after a shooter killed 18 people. In Taylor and Austin, Texas, she’s spoken to residents about Republican efforts to restrict LGBTQ rights. During the 2022 midterms, Barrón-López traveled to Michigan to report on election deniers seeking public office and death threats against election workers. She’s questioned President Biden at bilateral press conferences about civilian casualties in Gaza and efforts by Republicans to overturn the 2020 election.
Previously, Barrón-López was a White House reporter for POLITICO. In her time covering the Biden administration for POLITICO, she focused on the power dynamics between the White House and Capitol Hill, covering the president's agenda on gun violence, immigration, voting rights, infrastructure and more. Barrón-López previously covered the 2020 presidential election for POLITICO as a national political reporter, focusing on voter demographics, and policy shifts within the Democratic Party.
Barrón-López previously led 2018 coverage of the Democratic Party for the Washington Examiner. Before that, Barrón-López covered Congress for HuffPost, focusing on policy debates across the House and Senate, including climate change, criminal justice reform, and coal miner pensions.
Early in her career, she covered energy and environment policy for The Hill. Her work has been published in E&E Publishing, The Oregonian, OC Register, and Roll Call. Barrón-López earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton.
Laura's discussion is titled "The 2024 Story: Threats to Democracy."