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Tamara Keith

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. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.

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 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, 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/Southern California Public Radio 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.

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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A Closer Look At Trump's Coronavirus Relief Executive Actions

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President Trump holds up a signed executive order on lowering drug prices on July 24. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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'All Bark And No Bite': Trump Holds Prescription Drug-Pricing Order In Search Of Deal

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The Pandemic Is Changing How The National Conventions Will Be Held

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"It's easy and I think it's a beautiful setting," President Trump said of giving his Republican renomination speech from the White House. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Fraud Doesn't Slow Down Main-In Voting—Security Measures Do.

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Top Republican Officials Turn Down Trump's Idea To Delay November Election

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Capitol Hill earlier this week. A White House proposal to cut federal unemployment benefits to a percentage of earlier wages could take months to implement, leaving millions with significantly reduced checks. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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The Committee to Defend the President, a super PAC supporting President Trump's 2020 reelection bid, returned a donation from Earl Holt III, a white nationalist whose racist writings were linked to the perpetrator of the 2015 shooting of nine Black parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Trump's Favorite Coronavirus Metric, The Case Fatality, Is Unreliable

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