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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How Ambassador Nikki Haley Rose To The National Stage

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Senators Have More Questions For CIA Director Mike Pompeo After North Korea Trip

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Showdown Occurs At The U.N. Security Council As Trump Considers Strikes On Syria

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Senators Ask Secretary Of State Nominee Mike Pompeo 'Will You Be A Yes Man?'

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U.S. And Russia Face Off Over Syria At U.N. Security Council Meeting

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Russia's Inroads In Africa

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Estonian President Says She Is More Confident About Trump Administration's Foreign Policy

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How Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton's Style Aligns President Trump's

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Bolton Brings Hawkish Perspective To North Korea, Iran Strategy

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World Leaders Will Need To Adjust If Secretary Of State Nominee Is Confirmed

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President Trump Announces Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Will Leave His Post

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Baltic Countries On Countering Russian Disinformation

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