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

A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers 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.

In her latest beat, Kelemen has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him, tracking the Obama administration's broad foreign policy agenda from Asia to the Middle East. She also followed President Bush's Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and 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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U.S. And Cuba Ties Strained Over Mysterious Health Attacks

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'The Department Of Swagger': The State Department's Instagram Rebranding Campaign

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U.S. Will Retaliate If ICC Tries To Prosecute Americans, Bolton Says

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Trump Administration Closing Diplomatic Mission That Represents Palestinians In D.C.

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Many In Syria Worried That Government Is Preparing To Launch Assault On Idlib Region

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Trump Administration Is In No Hurry To Leave Syria, U.S. Envoy Says

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Ugandan Opposition Figure To Trump: Stop Providing Weapons To Government

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U.N. Diplomats Warn Fight For Syria's Idlib Province Could Worsen

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Blackwater security contractors guard Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as he arrives at a community sports center in Baghdad in 2006. Jacob Silberberg/AP hide caption

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Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

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U.N. Human Rights Probe: Top Myanmar Generals Should Face Genocide Charges

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo's North Korea Trip Gets Cancelled

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South Africans Reject Trump's Characterization Of Land Ownership Issues

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British Foreign Secretary Calls For U.S. And Europe To Unite In Response To Russia

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U.S. To Pull Back Aid From Syria, Asks Other Countries To Pitch In For Rebuilding

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