Wade Goodwyn is an NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.
Reporting since 1991, Goodwyn has covered a wide range of issues, from mass shootings and hurricanes to Republican politics. Whatever it might be, Goodwyn covers the national news emanating from the Lone Star State.
Though a journalist, Goodwyn really considers himself a storyteller. He grew up in a Southern storytelling family and tradition, he considers radio an ideal medium for narrative journalism. While working for a decade as a political organizer in New York City, he began listening regularly to WNYC, which eventually led him to his career as an NPR reporter.
In a recent profile, Goodwyn's voice was described as being "like warm butter melting over BBQ'd sweet corn." But he claims, dubiously, that his writing is just as important as his voice.
Goodwyn is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in history. He lives in Dallas with his famliy.
When Texas passed laws designed to shut down Planned Parenthood clinics, it slashed the state's family planning budget. Of the 82 clinics that closed, only a third were Planned Parenthood.
Texas has turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals and some business owners want the money, but it's a tough sell in Republican-dominated state politics.
It was initially implied that nurses made many of the errors in the handling of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Further scrutiny shows they were not at fault.
Texas restrictions on abortion providers have led many clinics to close. Poor women in some spots, like the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, have lost their access to abortion services.