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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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With 3 U.S. Citizens In Iranian Jail, A Look At What's Driving The Arrests

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U.S. Considers Turkey's Role In Fighting ISIS After Coup Attempt

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Secretary Of State John Kerry To Host Conference On Fighting ISIS

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Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on Jan. 16, after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran met all conditions under the nuclear deal. The accord is now one-year-old. Iran is seen as abiding by the requirements of the deal, but its relations with the U.S. and other rivals have not improved on other fronts. Kevin Lamarque/AP hide caption

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Apparent Military Coup In Turkey Could Have Global Consequences

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Secretary Of State Kerry Hopes For 'Stability' In Turkey Amid Apparent Coup

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51 State Department Employees Sign Memo Objecting To U.S. Policy In Syria

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Syrian refugees at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on May 26. President Obama wants to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says there's a "tremendous flow" of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. and the program should be suspended. Yannis Kolesidis/AP hide caption

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Fact Check: Donald Trump And Syrian Refugees

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the United Nations on Thursday. In a surprising admission, Ban said he came under pressure to remove Saudi Arabia from a list of countries that harm children. The Saudis had been placed on the list because of their bombing campaign in Yemen. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Dropped From List Of Those Harming Children; U.N. Cites Pressure

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Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses parliament in Damascus on Tuesday, saying he will retake "every inch" of Syrian territory. Assad's defiant tone comes at a time when peace efforts for the country have been crumbling. SANA via AP hide caption

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Bashar Assad's Defiance Points To A Syrian Peace Effort In Tatters

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United Nations Urges Syria To Allow Air Drops To Besieged Areas

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Cuban Dissident Makes First-Ever Trip To U.S.

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U.N. Struggles To Reach Besieged Areas Of Syria With Aid Air Drop Plan

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