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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Blinken calls for more support for Ukraine and a united front against China

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Countries worldwide consider how to help protesters in Iran

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Biden administration says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince should be shielded over killing

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Brittney Griner is being moved to a Russian penal colony

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in Germany for G7 foreign ministers meeting

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Russia has suspended its participation in a U.N. and Turkish mediated grain deal

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The U.N. imposes sanctions against Haiti's gang members

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Demonstrators carry a coffin covered with American, Canadian and French flags and pictures of politicians as they protest on Jean-Jacques Dessalines Day in Port-au-Prince on Monday. Haitians protest against their prime minister and foreign countries as the nation celebrates the 216th anniversary of the assassination of Dessalines, a Haitian independence hero and founding father. Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Nations consider sending troops to Haiti, despite troubled past foreign intervention

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U.N. debates whether an international force is needed to open aid routes in Haiti

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What is the U.S. willing to do to support the protest movement in Iran?

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The history of U.S. intervention in Haiti is stopping U.S. officials from intervening

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The U.N. votes to condemn Russia's attempts to annex parts of Ukraine

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Iranian demonstrators protest in Tehran on Sept. 21, after Mahsa Amini died in custody of the country's so-called morality police. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran, even as it seeks a new nuclear deal

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How can the U.S. support protesters in Iran? Activists want a pause in nuclear talks

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