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. has lifted the terrorist label on Colombia's FARC

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U.S. and Iran will meet for another attempt at reviving the nuclear deal

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U.S. and Iran to talk nuclear deal on Monday

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wraps up his Africa tour

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Blinken lays out the Biden administration's approach to Africa

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On a tour of Africa, Blinken used his stop in Nigeria to put more pressure on Sudan

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Antony Blinken starts his 3-nation visit to Africa in Kenya

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Blinken is the highest-level Biden administration official to visit Africa

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U.S. and Egypt meet for strategic talks

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Major embassies are without ambassadors, as Republicans block Biden's picks

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Crises in the Horn of Africa monopolize the U.S. envoy in the region

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Secretary of State Blinken announces a new bureau for cyber policy

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What the military coup in Sudan means for Washington

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Rahm Emanuel addresses handling of Chicago police shooting during ambassador hearing

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U.S. secretary of state and Israeli foreign minister talk stalled Iran nuclear deal

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