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Tamara Keith - 2015
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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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No Rest For The Weary: Hours After Convention's End, Clinton Hits The Trail

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The Task Ahead Of Hillary Clinton On The DNC's Final Night

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Clinton was the first student to deliver a commencement speech at Wellesley College in 1969. Her criticism of Sen. Edward Brooke's speech received national attention. John M. Hurley/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Taking On A U.S. Senator As A Student Propelled Clinton Into The Spotlight

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The Disconnect Between The Public And Private Hillary Clinton

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At Democratic Convention Kickoff Breakfast, Outgoing Chairwoman Booed

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As VP Nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Hits The Campaign Trail With Hillary

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Clinton-Kaine Ticket Makes Debut In Miami

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Political World Awaits Hillary Clinton's Pick For Vice President

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Hillary Clinton Expected To Announce Vice Presidential Pick

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18, 2016. JAY LAPRETE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Clinton On Police Murders: 'This Madness Has To Stop'

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Clinton Tries To Define Trump Before He Basks In GOP Convention Spotlight

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Hillary Clinton Campaigns With Likely Vice Presidential Pick Tim Kaine

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Bernie Sanders Endorses Democratic Rival Hillary Clinton

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Sanders And Clinton To Campaign Together In Portsmouth, N.H.

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