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: 48.07

Bias: -4.11

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 Vaccine Passport Debate Actually Began In 1897 Over A Plague Vaccine-0.3343.56
Georgia House Passes Elections Bill That Would Limit Absentee And Early Voting-2.446.64
Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh, A Conservative Lodestar, Dies At 70-4.542.9
Bloomberg News Killed Investigation, Fired Reporter, Then Sought To Silence His Wife049.2
Officer Who Confronted Capitol Mob Is Escorting Kamala Harris To Inaugural Ceremony-4.3345.19
'Now The World Gets To See The Difference': BLM Protesters On The Capitol Attack-6.6743.48
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. 20-3.6749.48
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System044.95
In Harris, Black Sororities And Fraternities Celebrate One Of Their Own-2.3344.78
From Negro Militias To Black Armament044.44
Like The Rest Of The World, Russia Waits For Trump-Biden Outcome-4.3344.05
Trump Campaign Sues To Cease Or Pause Key States' Ballot Counting-4.3345.05
NYPD Official Accused Of Racist And Anti-Semitic Posts-339.73
Why Americans Have Been Deceived About Canada's Health Care System-4.6741.38
The Role Shifting Demographics Played In The Presidential Election-5.6742.69
Where Polls Got It Wrong-244.53
Atlanta Mayor On Election Results In Georgia-6.6738.85
More Than 120,000 In A Day: U.S. Faces Record-Breaking Number Of Coronavirus Cases-547.16
CDC Report: Officials Knew Coronavirus Test Was Flawed But Released It Anyway055.72
Election Update: Vote Counting Continues Amid Misinformation And Lawsuits-4.6746.84
Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?-0.6755.05
Analysis: Questionable 'N.Y. Post' Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Giuliani-10.6747.07
Where Trump Has Been This Past Week Ahead Of Testing Positive For The Coronavirus053.86
Trump Takes 'Precautionary' Treatment After He And First Lady Test Positive For Virus-152.52