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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Trump Administration Seeks To Phase Out Main Program For Palestinian Refugees

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Trump Says He Thinks U.S. And Mexican Officials Can Reach A Deal On Migrants

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Mexican Officials Are Trying To Talk The Trump Administration Out Of A Trade War

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Trump Administration Orders Halt To Cruises To Cuba And 'People-To-People' Exchanges

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Pompeo's Trip To Switzerland Could Signal The U.S. Is Working To Talk With Iran

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Lawmakers Briefed On U.S. Negotiations With The Taliban

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John Bolton Drives U.S. Pressure On Iran

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State Department Orders 'Non-Emergency' Government Employees To Leave Iraq

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Trump Welcomes Hungary's Authoritarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, At White House

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Trump Considers Listing Muslim Brotherhood As Terrorist Organization

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Trump Administration Calls On Russia To Stop Supporting Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro

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Maduro Seemed Ready To Leave Venezuela, Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says

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Human Rights Groups Call For Response To Russia's Rising Number Of Political Prisoners

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