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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White House Says There Will Be Another Summit With North Korea

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Before Heading Home

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Pompeo Meets With Saudi Crown Prince During Diplomatic Tour

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Slated To Meet With Gulf Allies On Countering Iran, Terrorism

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Pompeo Delivers Speech In Cairo Describing His Vision Of America's World Role

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Meets With Top Officials In Iraq

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Embarks On Reassurance Trip To Middle East

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U.S. Officials Visit American Man Detained In Moscow On Spying Charges

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U.S.-South Korea Forces Agreement Set To Expire With No New Deal In Place

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As Civil War Appears To Be Reaching An End, U.N. Envoy Prepares To Leave Syria

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Trump Administration Announces New Plan To Promote U.S. Businesses In Africa

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Pompeo Warns That Iran's Missile Program Is 'Out Of Control'

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Heather Nauert Is Expected To Be Chosen As U.N. Ambassador

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing last year. President Trump announced Friday that Nauert is his choice as the next ambassador to the United Nations. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Trump Picks Heather Nauert, Former Fox News Anchor, As U.N. Ambassador

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