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: 46.23

Bias: -4.73

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 URLBiasReliability
Capitol Police Are Upping Security Ahead Of A Rally In Support Of The Jan. 6 Rioters-2.6744.67
Blinken Pushes Back On GOP Criticism Of The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan-144
Biden Tours Western Fire Center And Tells Firefighters, 'You Saved Lake Tahoe'-1.3346
Mexico's Supreme Court Has Voted To Decriminalize Abortion-4.3347.33
Biden Asks Congress For $30 Billion To Help Disaster Relief And Afghan Evacuees-348
FEMA Administrator Discusses Ida Preparations 16 Years After Katrina043
Outdoor Workers Could Face Far More Dangerous Heat By 2065 Because Of Climate Change-5.3346
Photos: A View Of Afghanistan As The Taliban Take Over047
Biden: 'I Do Not Regret My Decision' To Withdraw From Afghanistan-0.3345
Families Who Receive Food Stamps Will See The Largest Benefits Increase In History-2.3343.33
A Watchdog Group Had Been Sounding The Warning About Afghanistan's Meltdown For Years045
Dixie Fire Stirs Anxiety In The California Town Decimated In 2018 By The Camp Fire-1.6747.33
After Months Of Delay, The Census Data For New Voting Maps Is Coming Out Aug. 12-546
Mattel's Barbie Turns Women Of Science, Including COVID Vaccine Developer, Into Dolls-144.33
Serious Cases Remain Rare, But Coronavirus Infections In Children Are On The Rise045
Mexico Sues U.S. Gun Manufacturers For Contributing To Arms Trafficking Deaths-1.6745
Facebook Boots NYU Disinformation Researchers Off Its Platform And Critics Cry Foul-243.75
Public Health Experts Call On CDC To Change Its Mask Guidance-645.33
The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear-0.6738.67
Prosecutors Say They Have Evidence Of More Abuse And Bribery In The R. Kelly Case052.67
Mental Health Response Teams Yield Better Outcomes Than Police In NYC, Data Shows-251.33
Texas Begins Jailing Border Crossers On Trespassing Charges-3.6745.67
Georgia County Tried To Help Everyone Facing Eviction. Now A Crisis Looms-3.6745.33
Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers-1.6748.33
The House Approves A New Select Committee To Investigate The Jan. 6 Riot046