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 2010
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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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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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Friday

Thursday

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in Germany for G7 foreign ministers meeting

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Monday

Russia has suspended its participation in a U.N. and Turkish mediated grain deal

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Friday

The U.N. imposes sanctions against Haiti's gang members

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