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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State Department Says It Plans To Move Some Afghans Who Helped The U.S. To Safety

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Biden Meets With Afghanistan Leaders As Sept. 11 U.S. Troop Withdrawal Nears

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Iran's President-Elect Is Making Clear Talking About Missiles Program Is Off-Limits

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Putin And Biden Agreed To Return Ambassadors To Washington And Moscow Posts

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Outbreak Of Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Sends U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan Into Lockdown

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A general view of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013. The embassy is facing a coronavirus outbreak, according to the State Department. Ahmad Nazar/AP hide caption

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Summits On Summits: Biden Was Busy During His 1st International Trip As President

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Naftali Bennett Is Sworn In As Israel's New Prime Minister

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In this 2011 photo, Joe Biden, then vice president, shakes hands with Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, in Moscow. President Biden will hold a summit with Putin this week in Geneva, a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders that comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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What's Up For (Pointed) Discussion At Biden-Putin Summit

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Putin Meeting Will Test Biden's Vow To Prioritize Human Rights

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Senate Panel Told U.S. Is Still Trying To Get To The Bottom Of Havana Syndrome

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Afghan Translators Fear Retribution If They Aren't Relocated Before U.S. Withdraws

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To Americans Planning To Travel Abroad: Update Those Passports Before It's Too Late

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Blinken Has Promised More Aid For Palestinians, Continued Support For Israel

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