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. Pulls Out Of U.N. Human Rights Council

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U.S. Announces It Will Leave U.N.'s Human Rights Council

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Secretary of State Pompeo Faces Questions On Growing Number Of Trade Disputes

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Trump's South Korea Ambassador Nominee Defends Cancellation Of Joint Military Exercises

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President Trump participates in a working luncheon hosted by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Monday. Officials from both delegations also attended the luncheon. Photo by Ministry of Communications and Information, Republic of Singapore / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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What It Would Mean For U.S.-South Korea Relations If The Korean War Ends

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Meets With North Korean Official Kim Yong Chol

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News Brief: North Korea Summit Plans Continue, Europe And Iran, NBA Playoffs

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North Korea Sends Senior Official To New York To Plan For Summit

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Why Plans For The North Korea-U.S. Summit Fell Apart

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Secretary Of State Pompeo Says Trump Administration Has Worked Hard To Counter Russia

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Has 12 Demands For A New Deal To Counter Iran

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Pompeo Threatens 'Strongest Sanctions In History' Against Iran

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Trump Administration Moves Forward With Historic Summit Despite Doubt From North Korea

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U.N. Security Council Deeply Divided Over How To Stop Violence In Gaza

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