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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 declared a national emergency to free up funding for a border wall in a speech at the White House on Friday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Declares National Emergency With Challenges Likely To Follow

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Democrats Push Back Against Trump's Plan To Declare A National Emergency

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President Trump Says He's 'Not Happy' With Tentative Deal To Avert A Shutdown

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Trump Travels To Texas For Rally In Support Of Border Wall

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A section of border wall is constructed on the U.S. side of the border on Jan. 28 in Tijuana, Mexico. Congress and President Trump continue to spar over how much additional border security funding will be allotted. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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If Trump Declares An Emergency To Build The Wall, Congress Can Block Him

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President Trump speaks on a deal to end the partial government shutdown last month. While Trump is expected to maintain his demand for border wall funding in his State of the Union speech, he is also expected to mention issues that carry bipartisan support. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Shadow Of The Wall, Trump Will Deliver The State Of The Union

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Fight Over Border Wall Funding Still Looms As Trump Prepares For State Of The Union

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