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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North Koreans Don't Show Up For Scheduled Meeting With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo

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U.S. Unilaterally Reinstates Sanctions On Iran In Attempt To Change Its Behavior

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Trump Administration Plans To Re-Impose Sanctions On Sales Of Iranian Oil

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U.N. Says Yemen Is On The Brink Of A Massive Famine As War Gets Worse

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U.S. Aid At Risk For Countries Whose Citizens Joined Migrant Caravan

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The Trump Administration's Evolving Reaction To Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance

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'A Few More Days' Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Urges More Time For Saudi Arabia

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Secretary Of State Pompeo To Meet With Saudi Leaders Over Disappearance Of Journalist

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U.S. Officials Haven't Yet Confirmed What Happened To Khashoggi

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Disappearance Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Is Straining U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

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Trump Says He Will Announce Replacement For U.N. Ambassador In Coming Weeks

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U.S. Stops Visas For Diplomats' Same-Sex Partners If They're Not Married

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