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Tamara Keith

Senior White House Correspondent

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. In that time, she has chronicled the final years of the Obama administration, covered Hillary Clinton's failed bid for president from start to finish and threw herself into documenting the Trump administration, from policy made by tweet to the president's COVID diagnosis and January 6th. In the final year of the Trump administration and the first year of the Biden administration, she focused her reporting on the White House response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her reporting often highlights small observations that tell a larger story about the president and the changing presidency.

In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association, then served as its president in 2022/23 during a momentous term that included a complete overhaul of the press workspace at the White House. In that role she led the press corps in its interactions with the White House, advocated for press conferences and coordinated travel. She also worked to demystify the White House beat for the public, in an effort to help restore trust in the press, an essential pillar of American democracy.

Previously Keith covered congress for NPR with an emphasis on House Republicans, the budget, taxes and the fiscal fights that dominated at the time.

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 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, where she covered agriculture, the environment, economic issues and state politics. She covered the 2004 presidential election for NPR Member station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and opened the state capital bureau for NPR Member station KPCC to cover then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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, back before podcasts were cool. She is a regular contributor to PBS NewsHour, appearing each week as part of its Politics Monday segment.

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 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. She serves on advisory boards for the University of California Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and the UC Berkeley J-School.

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Sunday

Furiosa makes a splash at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival

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A London court will rule on Julian Assange's extradition to the U.S.

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Rock icon or a victim of exploitation? Examining Amy Winehouse's legacy

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The Supreme Court ruled to protect the CFPB. Here's why it matters for your money

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Trump addresses NRA's annual meeting, urges them to vote

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Hold on to your wishes — there's a 'Spider in the Well'

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Politics chat: Biden and Trump pin their hopes on debate to give them an edge

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Meet the woman who escaped two conflicts — as a Palestinian refugee, then in Ukraine

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Biden will address the commencement ceremony at Morehouse College. Protests are expected

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Plant-based restaurants are adding beef. Does the climate math add up?

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Thursday

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his "Investing in America agenda" at Gateway Technical College, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Sturtevant, Wis. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

At a Holocaust remembrance event, Biden to mark the history of antisemitism

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Monday

Staffers disinfect the lectern and adjust the vice presidential seal prior to a speech by then-Vice President Mike Pence, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Lanconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, N.H. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Friday

The crowd is shown at a Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump campaign event in Freeland, Mich., Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Biden calls for peace after tense pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses

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Thursday

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., speaks to the media on the Low Library steps on Columbia University's campus in New York, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Stefan Jeremiah/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

The Arizona state flag is carried outside of the Executive Tower in Phoenix. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Monday

The TikTok logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen which displays the TikTok home screen, Saturday, March 18, 2023. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Friday

Trump merchandise is seen at a vendor selling pro-Trump items in Moosic, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Old Forge, Pa. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Then-President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives to speak at a rally in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks with members of the press during votes on a bill that would enshrine same-sex and interracial marriages into federal law, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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