Tom Kise
Tamara Keith - 2015
Tom Kise

Tamara Keith

White House Correspondent

Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent. She is especially focused on matters related to the economy and the Federal budget.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, she was a Congressional Correspondent covering Congress with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and the ongoing fiscal fights. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, and traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the primaries in Colorado and Ohio, among other states. She began covering congress in August 2011.

Keith joined NPR in 2009 as a Business Reporter. In that role, she reported on topics spanning the business world from covering the debt downgrade and debt ceiling crisis to the latest in policy debates, legal issues and technology trends. In early 2010, she was on the ground in Haiti covering the aftermath of the country's disastrous earthquake and later she covered the oil spill in the Gulf. In 2011, Keith conceived and reported the 2011 NPR series The Road Back To Work, a year-long series featuring the audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.

Keith has deep roots in public radio and got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. While in college, she launched her career at NPR Member Station KQED's California Report, covering topics including agriculture and the environment. In 2004, Keith began working at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, where she reported on politics and the 2004 presidential campaign.

Keith went back to California to open the state capital bureau for NPR Member Station KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. In 2006, Keith returned to KQED, serving as the Sacramento-region reporter for two years.

In 2001, Keith began working on B-Side Radio, an hour-long public radio show and podcast that she co-founded, produced, hosted, edited, and distributed for nine years.

Over the course of her career Keith has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including an award for best news writing from the APTRA California/Nevada and a first place trophy from the Society of Environmental Journalists for "Outstanding Story Radio." Keith was a 2010-2011 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.

Keith earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. Tamara is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against female members of Congress in the Congressional Women's Softball game.

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Trump Touts 'America First' Philosophy In CPAC Address

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After Criticism, Trump Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitic Violence

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Trump Appoints H.R. McMaster As New National Security Adviser

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President Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. The president is holding a rally in the state on Saturday. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Trump To Step Back Into Familiar Territory With Rally In Florida

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White House Appears To Keep Pence Out Of The Loop On Flynn

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Then-deputy director of CENTCOM, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Robert Harward, is pictured with Jordan's Prince Faisal and the Army's head of operations and training Major General Awni Adwan in a May 2012 photo. Harward is now under consideration to replace Michael Flynn as President Trump's national security adviser. Khalil Mazraawi /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Accepts Resignation Of National Security Adviser Flynn

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Trump Aide: Administration Is 'Evaluating The Situation' With Adviser Flynn

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National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned amid allegations he misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about the extent of a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Trump arrives back at the White House on Monday after spending the weekend in Florida. The president has struggled to get his Cabinet appointees through the Senate in part because Senate Democrats have continued to delay the process. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Accuses Courts Of Being Political In Defense Of Immigration Order

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Senate Dogged By Delays In Confirming Trump Cabinet Nominees

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Trump Blasts Judge Who Temporarily Blocked Refugee Travel Ban

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Thanks, Obama: Trump Administration Uses Obama's Record As Defense

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