Michele Kelemen A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs — from Morning Edition to All Things Considered.
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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 Wants U.S. Delegation To The U.N. To Be More Cost Efficient

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Trump Administration Continues Sanctions Relief For Iran Under Nuclear Deal

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Cancels U.N. Trip Amid Rohingya Crisis

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U.N. Security Council Steps Up Pressure On North Korea

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U.N. Security Council Set To Vote On New Sanctions Against North Korea

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China, Russia Call For New Round Of Talks On North Korean Nuclear Program

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Russia And U.S. Order Each Other To Close Diplomatic Posts

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President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, listens to a question during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office on Monday. Tillerson, when asked Sunday whether Trump's response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., represented American values, said that "the president speaks for himself." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Are Trump's Foreign Policy Stumbles First-Year Growing Pains Or A Reason For Worry?

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Tillerson Distances Himself From Trump's Charlottesville Comments

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Charlottesville Officials Find Community's Emotions Are Still Raw

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U.S. Diplomats Suffer Hearing Loss After Serving In Cuba

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Trump Administration Cuts Military Aid To Egypt

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Rex Tillerson Outlines Potential Diplomatic Strategy In Afghanistan

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Tillerson And Mattis Host Japanese Counterparts Amid Rising Tensions With North Korea

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Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

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