Michele Kelemen A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs — from Morning Edition to All Things Considered.
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Michele Kelemen

Correspondent, Diplomacy, Foreign Desk

Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As Diplomatic Correspondent, Kelemen has traveled with Secretaries of State from Colin Powell to Mike Pompeo and everyone in between. She reports on the Trump administration's "America First" foreign policy and before that the Obama and Bush administration's diplomatic agendas. She was part of the NPR team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.

As NPR's Moscow bureau chief, Kelemen chronicled the end of the Yeltsin era and Vladimir Putin's consolidation of power. She recounted the terrible toll of the latest war in Chechnya, while also reporting on a lighter side of Russia, with stories about modern day Russian literature and sports.

Kelemen came to NPR in September 1998, after eight years working for the Voice of America. There, she learned the ropes as a news writer, newscaster and show host.

Michele earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and East European Affairs and International Economics.

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Trump Administration Signals Policy Changes Over Hong Kong Autonomy

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What It Is Like To Serve As The State Department Inspector General

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Steve Linick, shown after a briefing on Capitol Hill in 2019, was fired by President Trump on Friday as the State Department's inspector general. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Removes State Department Inspector General Steve Linick

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Coronavirus Pandemic Throws A Harsh Spotlight On U.S.-China Relations

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As Pandemic Sweeps Globe, U.S. Foreign Policy Remains Unchanged

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How The U.S. Response To The Pandemic May Affect Its Standing In The World

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Continue To Simmer Through Coronavirus Epidemic

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U.S. Holds Line On North Korea Sanctions, As U.N. Details How The Country Evades Them

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Coronavirus Updates: Retail Numbers, WHO Scrambling After Funding Cut

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President Trump Threatens To Cut Funding To World Health Organization

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Pompeo Still Holds A Tough Stance Toward Iran, North Korea, Venezuela During Epidemic

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U.S. Continues To Point Out That China Is Where Coronavirus Began

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Family Says Retired FBI Agent, Who Vanished In 2007, Died In Iranian Custody

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An FBI poster from 2012 shows (from left) former FBI agent Robert Levinson before his capture, in a video released by his kidnappers and as a composite image of what he might look like after five years in captivity. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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