NPR Bias and Reliability Overview

NPR (National Public Radio) is an independent, nonprofit media organization that reaches 52 million people each week through its radio stations, website, social media, podcasts and other formats. NPR was created by an act of Congress and is based in Washington, D.C., with 35 bureaus worldwide. Ad Fontes Media rates NPR as neutral in terms of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are NPR’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.22

Bias: -4.53

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URL Bias Reliability
'Now The World Gets To See The Difference': BLM Protesters On The Capitol Attack-6.6743.15
How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol-1.6748.31
Congress Certifies Biden Victory; Trump Pledges 'Orderly Transition' On Jan. 20-3.6749.41
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System045.02
In Harris, Black Sororities And Fraternities Celebrate One Of Their Own-2.3344.79
From Negro Militias To Black Armament044.44
Like The Rest Of The World, Russia Waits For Trump-Biden Outcome-4.3344.12
Trump Campaign Sues To Cease Or Pause Key States' Ballot Counting-4.3345.12
NYPD Official Accused Of Racist And Anti-Semitic Posts-339.65
Why Americans Have Been Deceived About Canada's Health Care System-4.6741.46
The Role Shifting Demographics Played In The Presidential Election-5.6742.75
Where Polls Got It Wrong-244.58
Atlanta Mayor On Election Results In Georgia-6.6738.98
More Than 120,000 In A Day: U.S. Faces Record-Breaking Number Of Coronavirus Cases-547.18
CDC Report: Officials Knew Coronavirus Test Was Flawed But Released It Anyway055.77
Election Update: Vote Counting Continues Amid Misinformation And Lawsuits-4.6746.87
Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?-0.6754.95
Analysis: Questionable 'N.Y. Post' Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Giuliani-10.6747.1
Where Trump Has Been This Past Week Ahead Of Testing Positive For The Coronavirus053.82
Trump Takes 'Precautionary' Treatment After He And First Lady Test Positive For Virus-152.48
Trump Begins Quarantine After White House Adviser Hope Hicks Tests Positive-1.6751.14
Nearly 500 National Security Experts Endorse Biden For President-7.6749.08
Ireland Lacrosse Bows Out Of 2022 World Games So Iroquois Nationals Can Play050.37
NASA To Send A New Toilet To International Space Station050.64
Jill Biden Says 'It's Time To Move On' From Anita Hill Controversy-3.6752.93
Oregon Officials Warn False Antifa Rumors Waste Precious Resources For Fires-0.6750.01
You Literally Can't Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox's Lawyers-6.3342.16
Move In, Move Out: For In-Person College, Everything Rests On The First Few Weeks049.79
Trump, Addressing Far-Right QAnon Conspiracy, Offers Praise For Its Followers-4.3348.95
Howard University Shaped Kamala Harris' Path To Political Heights-8.3338.57
Oregon Gov. Says Federal Officers Will Begin Phased Withdrawal From Portland-4.551.83
Trump Calls For NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace To Apologize Over Noose 'Hoax'-3.7447.56
Senate Blocks Green New Deal, But Climate Change Emerges As Key 2020 Issue-4.548.11
Building For An Uncertain Future: Miami Residents Adapt To The Changing Climate-4.7550.59
After Boeing Crashes, More People Want Help Taming Fear Of Flying048.58
Nearly 60 Doctors, Other Medical Workers Charged In Federal Opioid Sting-1.554.14
Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains-3.550.89
California Jury Finds Roundup Caused Man's Cancer-0.2552.34
USC Suspends Accounts Of Students Allegedly Linked To Admissions Bribery Scandal-4.550.1
Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis1.551.23
Supreme Court Broadens The Government's Power To Detain Criminal Immigrants-4.6747.04
Coping With The Persistent Trauma Of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric And Violence-843.58
Cohen To Detail Alleged Trump Lawbreaking. White House: He's A 'Convicted Liar'-351.92
Where The U.S. Stands On North Korea Ahead Of The Trump-Kim Summit0.6751.97
United Methodist Church Votes To Keep Bans On Same-Sex Weddings, LGBTQ Clergy-253.09
House Passes Resolution To Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration0.6754.3
DOJ Watchdog On Russia Probe: No Evidence Of Bias, But Problems With Surveillance-3.5645.68
Trump Says Islamic State Leader Was Killed In Special Operations Raid-4.1748.18