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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The U.S. Is Figuring Out How To Go Forward With The Taliban's Interim Government

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Here Are The Tough Questions Congress Asked About Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Blinken Pushes Back Against Harsh GOP Criticism On Afghan Withdrawal

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What Antony Blinken Said In His Testimony On The Messy End Of The War In Afghanistan

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U.S. Aims To Reunite Afghan Children Separated From Families During Evacuations

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Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Is Facing Pressure To Help More Afghans Evacuate

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Charter Flights Are Trying To Leave Afghanistan, Blinken In Qatar For Crisis Talks

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Refugees Are Still Trying To Flee Afghanistan And Blinken Arrived In Qatar For Talks

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U.S.-Funded Journalists In Afghanistan Fear For Their Lives

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A general view of the skyline of the Qatari capital, Doha. Qatar has long played a center role in diplomacy on Afghanistan. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Blinken Will Visit Qatar, Where Diplomats Relocated To Keep Working On Afghanistan

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Diplomats Are Leaving Afghanistan As U.S. Airlift Operations Come To A Close

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How The Attacks In Kabul Will Impact Evacuations From Afghanistan

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The Future Is Unclear For Foreign Aid Work In Afghanistan Under The Taliban

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The State Of The Evacuation Effort From Afghanistan

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Activists Focus On Getting As Many Afghans Out Of Afghanistan As Possible

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