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Kelly McEvers

Host, Embedded

Kelly McEvers is the host of Embedded, NPR's podcast that takes stories from the news and goes deeper. The show has dug into members of the Trump administration's pasts, reported additional stories behind police shootings caught on video, and visited a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

Before working on Embedded full-time in February 2018, Kelly McEvers was also a co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine. She hosted the program from NPR West in Culver City, California.

Prior to that, McEvers was previously a national correspondent based at NPR West. Prior to that, McEvers ran NPR's Beirut bureau, where she earned a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, a Gracie award, and an Overseas Press Club mention for her 2012 coverage of the Syrian conflict. She recently made a radio documentary about being a war correspondent with renowned radio producer Jay Allison of Transom.org.

In 2011, she traveled undercover to follow Arab uprisings in places where brutal crackdowns followed the early euphoria of protests. She has been tear-gassed in Bahrain; she has spent a night in a tent city with a Yemeni woman who would later share the Nobel Peace Prize; and she spent weeks inside Syria with anti-government rebels known as the Free Syrian Army.

In Iraq, she covered the final withdrawal of U.S. troops and the political chaos that gripped the country afterward. Before arriving in Iraq in 2010, McEvers was one of the first Western correspondents to be based, full-time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 2008 and 2009, McEvers was part of a team that produced the award-winning "Working" series for American Public Media's business and finance show, Marketplace. She profiled a war fixer in Beirut, a smuggler in Dubai, a sex-worker in Baku, a pirate in the Strait of Malacca and a marriage broker in Vietnam.

She previously covered the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia as a freelancer for NPR and other outlets. She started her journalism career in 1997 at the Chicago Tribune, where she worked as a metro reporter and documented the lives of female gang members for the Sunday magazine.

Her writing also has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has aired on This American Life, The World, and the BBC. She's taught radio and journalism in the U.S. and abroad.

She lives with her family in California, where she's still very bad at surfing.

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In Florida, People With Past Felony Convictions Can't Vote, But That Could All Change

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Nageeb Alomari, an American citizen, was attempting to bring his family to the U.S. from war-torn Yemen when the Trump administration instituted its now successfully-upheld travel ban, which included his home country. Wesaam Al-Badry for NPR hide caption

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A Yemeni-American Wanted To Bring His Family Home. Then Came The Travel Ban.

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How The Trump Administration's Travel Waiver Program Affected A Yemeni Family

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For Young Workers In Central Appalachia Job Options Are Slim

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All He's Ever Wanted Is To Mine Coal. How Long Can He Chase His Dream?

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Kyle Johnson, 22, after an overnight shift at a coal mine in Buchanan County, Va. Carol Guzy for NPR hide caption

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Coal Stories Episode 1

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Past practices offer few clues about where special counsel Robert Mueller might take the Russia probe — and then what might happen when it's over. Alex Wong/AP hide caption

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What Could Be Coming Next In Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

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Looking At George Papadopoulos' Connections In The Russia Investigation

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Once special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled charges against George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, the White House insisted he didn't play an important role in the campaign. Papadopoulos' fiancée Simona Mangiante vigorously defends him. Simona Mangiante hide caption

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Trump Stories: Collusion

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Mount Carmel burns to the ground at the end of a 51 day standoff between David Koresh, the Branch Davidians and the FBI in Waco. Paramount Network hide caption

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25 Years After The Tanks, Tear Gas And Flames, 'Waco' Returns To TV

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Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing 'Love'

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Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation'

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In a rush to buy journalist and author Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, buyers have mistakenly purchased Randall Hansen's book of a similar name, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945. Leon Neal/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Of The Other 'Fire And Fury' Book Says Business Is Booming

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