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Tamara Keith

White House Correspondent

Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast. During the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, Keith was a Congressional Correspondent who put an emphasis on covering House Republicans, the budget, taxes, and the fiscal fights that dominated at the time. 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 of and solely reported 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 then 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.

Keith earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. Keith is part of the Politics Monday team on the PBS NewsHour, a weekly segment rounding up the latest political news. Keith 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 Still Hasn't Fulfilled Promise To Declare Opioid Epidemic As A National Emergency

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President Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration's strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

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What Happens When Trump Sends Key Policy Issues To Congress

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President Trump announces he will not recertify the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, ahead of Sunday's deadline. The deal is still in effect, but the president is pushing for a new strategy. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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More than half of State Department positions requiring Senate confirmation still don't have a nominee, including the ambassador to South Korea and the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption

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Trump Leaves Top Administration Positions Unfilled, Says Hollow Government By Design

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Many Cabinet Positions Remain Open In Trump Administration

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Will Trump's Twitter War With Sen. Corker Damage His Agenda?

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President Trump speaks to reporters Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country's green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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How President Trump's Views On Guns Have Shifted Over The Years

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President Trump Visits Las Vegas After Massacre At Music Festival

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Trump Calls For Unity In The Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre

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White House Aides Used Private Email For Official Business: 'Just Very, Very Stupid'

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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Private Plane Controversy

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Price To Reimburse Partial Cost Of Charter Flights

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