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 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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The UN security council discussed how the war in Ukraine may worsen global hunger

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State Secretary Blinken chairs UN meeting about global food security

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What to know about Bridget Brink, the nominee for ambassador to Ukraine

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As UNSC chair, U.S. plans to focus on Russia's war in Ukraine and rising food prices

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U.S. supports efforts to prosecute Russians for alleged war crimes, including at ICC

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Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed freed from Russia in prisoner swap

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Pallets of aid to Ukraine are stacked behind Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (right) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken as they speak with reporters after returning from their trip to Kyiv, Ukraine, and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday in Poland. Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. war aims shift in Ukraine — and bring additional risks

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken, pictured in Washington, D.C., on Friday, traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday. Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What a UN vote shows about how much of the world views the war in Ukraine

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The Russia-Ukraine war is the focus of NATO foreign ministers' meeting

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Blinken says U.S. and Europe are following through on Ukraine commitments

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The UN says it needs a record-breaking $4.4 billion to help Afghanistan

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Ukrainian and Russian negotiators sound optimistic after latest round of peace talks

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The U.S. has assessed that Russia's military has committed war crimes in Ukraine

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