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 Antony Blinken and everyone in between. 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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Friday

Paul Rusesabagina looks on as he sits with some of his co-accused at the Supreme Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Feb. 17, 2021, where he denied charges of being associated with an armed group. On Friday, the Rwandan government said it commuted his sentence. Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Paul Rusesabagina, 'Hotel Rwanda' hero, released from prison

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Friday

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to a regional governor via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 21, 2022. The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for Putin and his children's rights commissioner for possible war crimes. Gavriil Grigorov/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Putin

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Wednesday

Ethiopia hopes Blinken's visit will help the peace process

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Thursday

An update on the efforts toward a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken walks to a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 foreign ministers' meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. Olivier Douliery/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Amid countries that need humanitarian aid, U.N. worries Yemen will be forgotten

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Thursday

This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, recovering a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Sunday. U.S. Navy via AP hide caption

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What we know so far about the suspected Chinese spy balloon and FBI probe

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Wednesday

Aid groups are struggling to help areas under the control of the regime in Syrian

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Saturday

U.S. cancels Blinken's visit to China after the appearance of a spy balloon

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Friday

Blinken postpones China trip after discovery of surveillance balloon

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China says balloon spotted over U.S. is a 'civilian airship' that blew astray

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Thursday

U.S. says Russia is violating nuclear treaty New START

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Tuesday

The mayor of a Ukrainian city is in Washington looking for help to rebuild

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Monday

Siamak Namazi, shown in this photo before his 2015 imprisonment, has begun a one-week hunger strike in Iran to mark seven years since he was left out of a prisoner swap that occurred when the Iran nuclear deal went into effect. Namazi Family hide caption

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Friday

Japanese prime minister visits Biden at the White House

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Thursday

Biden's foreign policy plan will face some big tests in 2023

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Wednesday

Zelenskyy visits Washington to meet with Biden and address Congress

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Wednesday

Iran is suspended from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

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Tuesday

The U.S.-Africa leaders summit begins, eight years after the first one

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Thursday

Turkey is keeping Finland and Sweden from joining NATO

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Wednesday

Blinken calls for more support for Ukraine and a united front against China

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Thursday

Countries worldwide consider how to help protesters in Iran

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Friday

Biden administration says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince should be shielded over killing

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Wednesday

Brittney Griner is being moved to a Russian penal colony

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