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Michele Kelemen

Correspondent, Diplomacy, Foreign Desk

A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

In her latest beat, Kelemen has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him, tracking the Obama administration's broad foreign policy agenda from Asia to the Middle East. She also followed President Bush's Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and was part of the NPR team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.

As NPR's Moscow bureau chief, Kelemen chronicled the end of the Yeltsin era and Vladimir Putin's consolidation of power. She recounted the terrible toll of the latest war in Chechnya, while also reporting on a lighter side of Russia, with stories about modern day Russian literature and sports.

Kelemen came to NPR in September 1998, after eight years working for the Voice of America. There, she learned the ropes as a news writer, newscaster and show host.

Michele earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and East European Affairs and International Economics.

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Trump Appears To Back Off 2-State Solution In Meeting With Netanyahu

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U.N. Security Council Meets After Missile Launch By North Korea

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The European Union's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Senators Work To Block Potential Attempts To Ease Sanctions On Russia

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Iran In Response To Missile Test

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U.N. Ambassador Haley Condemns Russia's 'Aggressive Actions' In Ukraine

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a memorial ceremony for the founder of Ariel, one of the largest Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on Thursday. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits memorial wall plaques in the lobby of the State Department on Thursday. The plaques honor employees who died in the line of duty. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State In Narrow Vote

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At the State Department, employees are expressing concern via an official dissent channel about the Trump administration's temporary visa and refugee ban. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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At State Department, 'Dissent Channel' In High Gear With Refugee Ban Protests

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A Syrian refugee boy plays outside his family's tent in a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Zahrani, Lebanon, in December. Some 1 million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees, according to the U.N. Mohammed Zaatari/AP hide caption

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Career Diplomats Leave State Department As Trump Presidency Begins

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Senate Panel Grills S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley In Her Bid To Become U.N. Ambassador

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