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Michele Kelemen 2010
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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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U.S. Wants Russia To Help With Goal Of Reducing Syrian Airstrikes
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In Syria, Aid Workers Face Arrest Over Efforts To Reach Besieged Areas
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Randy Berry, the first U.S. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. He says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. A gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh was hacked to death this week. Courtesy U.S. State Department hide caption

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Amid Calls To Ramp Up Fight Against Boko Haram, UN Ambassador Meets Girl Escapees
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In Chad, U.N. Ambassador Power Visits Anti-Extremist Command Center
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Cameroon Trip To Discuss Boko Haram Threat Begins On A Tragic Note
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UN Ambassador Tours West Africa To Highlight Boko Haram Threat
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U.S. Lawmakers Renew Calls To Find Nigerian Girls Captured By Boko Haram
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President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend a baseball game during Obama's visit to Havana on March 22. The U.S. has opened up to a number of longtime foes in recent years, including Cuba. This has raised a debate about whether this leads to improved human rights in these countries. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Looks To End Yemen Bombing Campaign
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Members of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group demand information about missing relatives during their traditional Thursday march in Buenos Aires on March 3. The women began demonstrating in 1977. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption

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Despite The Awkward Timing, Argentina Welcomes Obama
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Critics Urge Obama To Focus On Human Rights In Historic Cuba Trip
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