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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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Tillerson Urges U.N. Security Council To Take Action On North Korea

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the George C. Marshall room at the State Department on Thursday. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Trump Administration Wants North Korea At Negotiating Table On Nuclear Weapons

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Amid U.S. Calls For Release, American Pastor Remains Behind Bars In Turkey

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Meets Russia's Putin At The Kremlin

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Tillerson's Moscow Visit Is Overshadowed By U.S. Strikes On Syria

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U.N. Holds Emergency Session After U.S. Airstrikes Against Syria

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Trump Welcomes Egypt's Sissi To Washington In Reboot Of Bilateral Ties

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Activists For Egyptian Political Prisoners Monitor Sisi's U.S. Visit

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Nikki Haley Calls For Cuts In U.N. Peacekeeping Funding

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Bodies Of U.N. Employees Found In Democratic Republic Of The Congo

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks Wednesday at the meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS in Washington. Top officials from the 68-nation coalition are looking to increase pressure on ISIS. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Plans To Visit Russia But Skip NATO Meeting In April

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Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Calls For New Approach To North Korea

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Trump Meets Saudi Prince In Effort To Improve Relations

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