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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Trump Administration Says U.S. Will Stay In Iran Nuclear Deal For Now

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Congressional Democrats Release New Report To Respond To Russian Meddling In Elections

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Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, left, and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake confer as the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere examines attacks on American diplomats in Havana, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sen. Rubio Holds Hearing With State Department Officials On Mysterious Attacks In Cuba

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U.S. To Pakistan: Crack Down On Terrorism Or Lose U.S. Aid

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Confusion Follows Trump's Tweeted Threat To Cut Aid To Palestinians

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes his way to his seat before the Strategic Dialogue on Disrupting Transnational Criminal Organizations at the State Department on Dec. 14. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Rex Tillerson, A Rocky First Year As Trump's Secretary Of State

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What Secretary Of State Tillerson Worked On In 2017

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Americans Look To Pence For Help In Releasing Their Relatives Jailed In Egypt

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U.N. Security Council Unanimously Tightens Sanctions Against North Korea

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In Symbolic U.N. Vote, 128 Countries Decry U.S. Decision On Jerusalem

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Trump Threatens To Cut Aid To Countries Over U.N. Vote On Jerusalem

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Honduran Opposition Candidate Urges U.S. To Join Call For Re-Vote

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Tillerson Travels To U.N. To Discuss Issues Involving North Korea

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Tillerson Says He Would Meet With North Koreans, Even Without Denuclearization Talks

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