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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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President Trump Continues To Raise Ideas On How To Protect Against School Shootings

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After Florida Shooting, There's A Renewed Push To Change Gun Laws

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Rachel Crooks speaks at a news conference in December to discuss her accusations of unwanted kissing by Donald Trump. The president denied the allegations on Twitter after her story resurfaced on the front page of the Washington Post. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Trump Suggests FBI Missed Signs Of Fla. Shooting Because Of Russia Probe

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Tanks parade past (front row, center from left) first lady Melania Trump, President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, during the Bastille Day celebrations in July in Paris. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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House Oversight Committee Opens Investigation Into Rob Porter's Security Clearance

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Before Joining Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney Acted As Anti-Deficit Crusader

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White House Budget Proposal Projects Growing Federal Deficit

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White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Trump speaks during a rally in Huntington, W.Va. on August 3, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chief Of Staff John Kelly Faces Questions On Immigration Comments, Handling Of Staff

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Tanks parade past President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, during a Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump Wants Pentagon To Stage Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

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President Trump listens during a White House meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security. To pressure Democrats to sign onto his immigration plan, he threatened another government shutdown if they don't agree. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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House Passes Funding Extension After Trump Says 'I'd Love To See A Shutdown'

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President Trump Insults Rep. Adam Schiff As He Tries To Push Back On GOP Memo

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What Happens Now That The Controversial GOP Memo Has Been Released

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Debate Over Controversial GOP Surveillance Memo Heats Up

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