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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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State Department Dismisses Rumors Of So-Called 'Rexit'

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Delicate Diplomacy Over U.S. Citizens Detained In Iran

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After Otto Warmbier's Death, U.S. Plans To Ban Travel To North Korea

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A U.N. peacekeeper stands guard in central Darfur on June 19. The town, a former rebel bastion, was recently captured by Sudanese government forces. The top U.S. diplomat in Sudan, Steven Koutsis, visited Darfur last month to assess security before the Trump administration decides whether to lift sanctions. Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Sudan, A Looming Deadline On Possible Lifting Of U.S. Sanctions

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Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions

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White House Outlines Plans To Roll Back Refugee Resettlement Program

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U.S. Names China Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

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Activists Try To Sway Trump On Sudan Decision Before July Deadline

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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko In Washington To Meet President Trump

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Visitors and medical personnel enter a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier at a Cincinnati regional airport Tuesday. Warmbier, who was released and medically evacuated from North Korea, has been in a coma for months, his parents said. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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After Otto Warmbier's Release, Will U.S. Ban Travel To North Korea?

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Washington, D.C., Police Charge Turkish Security Guards For Beating Protesters

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Senate Votes To Limit Trump's Power To Lift Russia Sanctions

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The bipartisan amendment expands existing sanctions on Russia. The Senate will consider it as part of an Iran sanctions bill that already has wide support. Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr hide caption

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Senators Aim To Make It Harder For Trump Administration To Ease Russia Sanctions

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks in the Treaty Room of the U.S. Department of State on Friday, urging Saudi Arabia and its regional allies to ease their blockade of Qatar. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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