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Shirley Henry

Shirley Henry is the Deputy Washington Editor for NPR News. In this role, she helps oversee all aspects of the Washington Desk. Its correspondents, editors, and producers cover the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, presidential campaigns, and other electoral politics, and tell stories across all of NPR's broadcast and digital platforms. She is also the lead editor for NPR's White House coverage.

Henry came to NPR in September 2014 as a Senior Editor for the Washington Desk and was promoted to Deputy Washington Editor in February 2015. She has played a key role in helping shape NPR's 2016 election coverage and in the creation of the NPR Politics Podcast.

Before coming to NPR, Henry worked at CNN in a number of capacities—everything from producing shows, to field producing, to managing coverage in CNN's Washington Bureau. From April 2013 to August 2014, she was the supervising producer of CNN's National Security Unit. In that role, Henry managed the reporters and producers covering national security issues, from the Pentagon, State Department, and intelligence beats. She was also the editor of a blog on that covered national security issues.

Henry graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in international relations. She also received a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he will soon announce a new national alert system aimed at better informing the public given the "new phase" of the global terrorist threat the U.S. is facing.

The department used to have a color-coded terror alert system that was put into place after Sept. 11, but that was replaced by the National Threat Advisory System (NTAS) in 2011.

Johnson said NTAS has never been used because it sets too high a bar, namely that it depends on there being a specific, credible threat to the homeland.

The Obama administration has announced some changes to the visa waiver program, which allows travelers from some 38 countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to come to the U.S. without a visa.

The White House announced several steps, including attempting better tracking of past travel, fines for airlines that don't verify passport data, assisting other countries on the screening of refugees and with border security.