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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 Responds To Manchester Attack In Meeting With Palestinian Leader

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Trump Aims To Get Israelis And Palestinians Talking Again

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Trump Calls On Muslim Leaders To Help 'Drive Out' Terrorism

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President Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, smiles at Saudi King Salman (left) upon his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump Arrives In Saudi Arabia To A Warm Welcome, Despite Troubles At Home

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What Saudi Leaders Think Of President Trump

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Trump Embarks On First International Trip Amid Continuing Controversy

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Advocates Push For Trump To Take Swift Action On The Opioid Crisis

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Trump sent a flurry of tweets Friday morning, saying "The Fake Media is working overtime today!" and suggesting that there could be "tapes" of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Played Key Role In Comey's Firing

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewing potential candidates for interim FBI director Wednesday, despite his pledge to recuse himself from Trump campaign-related FBI investigations. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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