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Tamara Keith

White House Correspondent

Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast. During the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, Keith was a Congressional Correspondent who put an emphasis on covering House Republicans, the budget, taxes, and the fiscal fights that dominated at the time. She began covering Congress in August 2011.

Keith joined NPR in 2009 as a Business Reporter. In that role, she reported on topics spanning the business world from covering the debt downgrade and debt ceiling crisis to the latest in policy debates, legal issues, and technology trends. In early 2010, she was on the ground in Haiti covering the aftermath of the country's disastrous earthquake and later she covered the oil spill in the Gulf. In 2011, Keith conceived of and solely reported The Road Back To Work, a year-long series featuring the audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.

Keith has deep roots in public radio and got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. While in college, she launched her career at NPR Member station KQED's California Report, covering topics including agriculture and the environment. In 2004, Keith began working at NPR Member station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, where she reported on politics and the 2004 presidential campaign.

Keith then went back to California to open the state capital bureau for NPR Member station KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. In 2006, Keith returned to KQED, serving as the Sacramento-region reporter for two years.

In 2001, Keith began working on B-Side Radio, an hour-long public radio show and podcast that she co-founded, produced, hosted, edited, and distributed for nine years.

Keith earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. Keith is part of the Politics Monday team on the PBS NewsHour, a weekly segment rounding up the latest political news. Keith is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against female members of Congress in the Congressional Women's Softball game.

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Trump's Rhetoric Doesn't Necessarily Match His Administration's Actions in Syria

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Trump Administration Officials Say President Has Not Made A Decision On Syria

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Why Special Counsel Mueller Might Be Interested In Trump's 'Access Hollywood' Tape

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Trump Denounces FBI Raid On His Attorney And Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria

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Syrian Civil War: Parsing Mixed Signals From Trump Administration

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White House Staff Hurries To Fill In Details After Trump Makes Policy Announcements

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Trump Says He Didn't Know His Lawyer Paid Adult Film Star $130,000

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Trump Meets With Baltic States Amid Heightened Tensions With Russia

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Trump Under Oath: Sometimes Combative, Often Boastful, Usually Lacking Details

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U.S. Expelling Russian Intelligence Officers, Closing Consulate In Seattle

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