TAMARA KEITH NAMED NPR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
Keith Will Move from Congressional Beat to Cover Executive Branch in January 2014
NPR News correspondent Tamara Keith will become the organization's new White House correspondent, after more than two years covering Congress. She will join Scott Horsley and Mara Liasson on the White House beat, and begin reporting on the executive branch in early 2014 when Ari Shapiro becomes London correspondent.
"Tamara Keith represents the best of public radio. Her energy is unsurpassed and her ability to connect with real people has distinguished her reporting at NPR," says Madhulika Sikka, executive editor, NPR News. "Whether chronicling the travails of the long-term jobless or reporting on the hidden world of girls who hunt, Tamara is a first-rate storyteller. After two very busy years keeping up with Congress, I am delighted that she will be bringing her broad palette of skills to the White House beat."
In her new role, Keith will provide in-depth reports on the White House and national politics for all NPR programs and NPR.org, traveling widely with the President and covering the fluid political climate across the country. She will also be part of the NPR team reporting from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Keith joined NPR in 2009 as a business reporter, covering everything from the debt downgrade, to the latest in policy debates, legal issues and technology trends. She later was on the ground in Haiti covering the aftermath of the country's disastrous earthquake, and soon after reported on the oil spill in the Gulf. In 2011, Keith conceived and reported the year-long NPR series "The Road Back To Work," featuring audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.
Keith became NPR's Congressional reporter in August 2011, with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and that period's ongoing fiscal fights. She traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, and also reported on the campaigns of Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. Her position at NPR was elevated to Congressional correspondent in early 2013.
Keith's deep roots in public radio sprouted during her adolescence, when she wrote and voiced essays beginning at the age of 15 for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Keith went on to report for multiple NPR Member stations before joining NPR: she launched her career at San Francisco's KQED; reported on politics and the 2004 presidential campaign for WOSU in Columbus; helped open the state capital bureau for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio; and circled back to KQED in 2006 to cover the Sacramento region.
Keith is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against members of Congress in the Congressional Women's Softball game.
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