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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Antony Blinken Starts Virtual 'International' Tour As Secretary Of State

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Biden Administration Begins Talks With Iran On American Detainees

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President Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House to virtually address the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Friday. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Takes His 'America Is Back' Message To The World In Munich Speech

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State Department Says It Can Push Democracy While Continuing To Sell Weapons To Egypt

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Haiti Ambassador Tells U.S. And Others Not To Meddle As Political Crisis Intensifies

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Biden Administration To Rejoin U.N. Human Rights Council

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Biden Visits State Department, Discusses Envoy For Yemen

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Biden Administration Reviews Its Overall Approach To Russia

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How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War

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Diplomacy And Multilateralism Shape Biden Officials' Foreign Policy Approach

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In First Official Call, Biden And Putin Discuss Cyberattack, Arms Deal

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Diplomats Return To State Department As Biden Administration Begins

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Biden's National Security, Foreign Policy Nominees Face Senate Confirmation Hearings

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