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 in the middle category 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: 46.27

Bias: -5.15

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
The House Approves A New Select Committee To Investigate The Jan. 6 Riot046
One Of The Deadliest U.S. Accidental Structural Collapses Happened 40 Years Ago Today046
Mystery Surrounds Florida Company Suspected In Assassination of Haiti's President045.67
Voting Rights Activists Think Biden's Actions Fall Short Of His Dire Warnings-5.6743.67
A Battle On The Gulf Pits The Coast Guard Against Mexican Red Snapper Poachers0.6747.67
3 Injured In Shooting Outside D.C. Stadium During Nationals-Padres Game047.33
Fort Hood Officials Are Searching For More Than 100 Missing Night Vision Goggles043.33
The Biden Administration Vows To Appeal A Federal Ruling Deeming DACA Unlawful-6.3345.67
Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor Announces Surprise Retirement Before 9/11 Trial Starts044.67
An Appeals Court Has Suspended Rudy Giuliani's Ability To Practice Law In D.C.-144.67
What Might Happen To Guantánamo Now That U.S. Troops Are Leaving Afghanistan-1.3344.33
Insect Experts Will Change The Name Of The 'Gypsy Moth' And 'Gypsy Ant'-4.3345
After Removing Two Statues, Charlottesville Officials Vote To Take Down A Third-543.33
Death Toll In Condo Collapse Rises To 86 As Recovery Work Speeds Up044.67
Biden Defends Decision To Pull U.S. Troops From Afghanistan Despite Resurgent Taliban-2.6744.67
What Led A Police Chief Turned Yoga Instructor To The Capitol Riot?-644
The Supreme Court Throws Out A State Law Requiring Nonprofits To Name Rich Donors-739.67
The Supreme Court Deals A New Blow To Voting Rights, Upholding Arizona Restrictions-12.6734.33
2021 Miss Nevada Will Be The First Openly Transgender Miss USA Contestant-444
A California Town Has No Reliable Running Water During A Heat Wave046
A Mystery Illness Is Killing Mid-Atlantic Songbirds047.33
The White House Is Seeking To Soothe Worries That It's Pushing Climate Plans Aside-4.6744
What's Next For Voting Rights After The Supreme Court's Decision-8.3343.33
A Commission Finds 'Quite A Lot Of Tolerance' For Sexual Harassment In The Military-248.67
How Pro-Trump Local News Sites Keep Pushing 2020 Election Misinformation-6.3342.67
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