Derek Hawkins

Washington, D.C.

National and breaking news reporter

Education: Northeastern University, BA in journalism

Derek Hawkins is a reporter covering national and breaking news.
Latest from Derek Hawkins

    If the U.S. defaults, will it miss Medicare payments? What about Social Security? See what’s at risk.

    A breach of the debt limit would be uncharted territory for the United States

    May 18, 2023

      Washington is running out of workdays to strike a debt ceiling deal

      Congress and President Biden are negotiating on raising the debt ceiling, though their public schedules leave very few days to cut a deal.

      May 16, 2023

        Inside the fortified rooms securing U.S. secrets

        Acoustic sealant, motion sensors: How SCIFs are built to protect highly classified information.

        April 26, 2023

          What Tucker Carlson said about Trump in private texts vs. on Fox News

          The host called the president “a demonic force, a destroyer” in personal communications.

          April 24, 2023

          How top-secret documents leaked from a chatroom to the world

          For months, a young man known as OG allegedly transcribed and posted classified U.S. documents in an invitation-only Discord chatroom. Here's how they spread.

          April 14, 2023

            For abortion pill mifepristone, political battle is nothing new

            The controversial history of Mifepristone, from idea, to FDA approval, to its threatened suspension.

            April 7, 2023

            Trump said only 10 words during his arraignment. Here’s what they were.

            Inside the courtroom when Trump heard the 34 charges against him.

            April 6, 2023

              Stormy, Trump and more: The names to know in historic hush money case

              Trump has been charged with 34 felony counts. Here's a refresher of who's who in the case.

              April 4, 2023

                ‘We’re not going to fix it’: The GOP response after Nashville shooting

                In the aftermath, Republican lawmakers have voiced resignation, called for 'facts first' and accused Democrats of politicizing the attack

                March 31, 2023

                  How do stratospheric balloons work? Here’s a visual guide.

                  How do balloons similar to the Chinese balloon work? How do these balloons fly? Where is China's balloon headed? We put together a visual explainer.

                  February 4, 2023