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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 campaign sign for a slate of candidates challenging three incumbent board members in Centerville, Ohio. If they win, they would control the five member board. It is a non-partisan position, but national political hot buttons have infused the race. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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School board elections will be an early test of what issues motivate voters

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Why Are School Board Officials Getting Death Threats?

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If You're Vaccinated, You Can Visit The US From Abroad In November

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Zac Wyrick, 28, is training to become a firefighter in Dayton after a long delay. The city didn't think it would have enough money, and pressed for funding in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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Dayton is spending some of its COVID aid in unexpected ways. It's not alone

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Protesters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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The White House authorizes the National Archives to share documents with Jan. 6 panel

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A health care worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Mo., in June. Liz Sanders/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Rural Hospitals Worry They Will Lose Staff Because Of Biden's New Vaccine Mandate

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Disagreements Among Democrats In Congress Are Holding Up Biden's Legislative Agenda

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Do Lawmakers Have More Insight Into Stocks Than The Public? TikTok Users Think So.

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Rural Hospitals Fear A Vaccine Mandate Would Dwindle Already Overextended Staffs

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U.S. Officials Are Buying More Vaccine Doses To Donate To Other Countries

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A Thai teenager receives a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday in Bangkok. Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Is Donating More COVID Vaccines And Wants Other Rich Nations To Pitch In

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Palestinian Health Ministry staff members in Nablus receive 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States through through the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative on Aug. 24, 2021. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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