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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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Trump's New Pick For Ambassador To Ukraine

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Pompeo Testifies Before Congress On Diversity, Linick's Firing, Russian Bounties

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U.S. Officials Keep Pressure On China Over Multiple Issues

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Pompeo Says Russia Being Against U.S. Interests In Afghanistan Is 'Nothing New'

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Government Accountability Office Says State Department Lacks Diversity

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Trump Administration Says It's Up To Israel To Annex Parts Of West Bank

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The State Of The U.S.-China Relations After The Pandemic

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President Trump Authorizes Sanctions Against International Criminal Court Officials

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Iran Releases U.S. Navy Veteran After 2-Year-Long Incarceration

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U.S. Response To The Protests May Affect Country's Image As A Democracy Promoter

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Trump Administration Signals Policy Changes Over Hong Kong Autonomy

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What It Is Like To Serve As The State Department Inspector General

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