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 Democratic Credibility Of The U.S. Has Taken A Hit. Here's How To Fix It.

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U.N. And International Aid Groups Express Concerns Over Pompeo's Latest Moves

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How The World Reacted To The Insurrection At The U.S. Capitol

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Signs Massive Loan Deal With Sudan

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Belarus Women Continue To Lead Opposition Movement Despite Pandemic And Crackdown

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How Will Biden Handle Russian Relations After Suspected Hack?

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Kremlin Critic Navalny Makes Prank Call To Agent Allegedly Involved In His Poisoning

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Morocco Agrees To Join Trump Administration's Abraham Accords

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discusses the counting of votes in the U.S. election last month at the State Department. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Pompeo's Legacy Of Partisanship And Wading Into Political Waters

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Pompeo's Legacy As The U.S. Secretary Of State

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the party's 19th Central Committee in October in Beijing. The U.S. State Department on Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the party and their families. Liu Bin/Xinhua News Agency via AP hide caption

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Biden To Assign More Women To National Security Positions

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, pictured in January 2014, is President-elect Joe Biden's choice for United Nations ambassador. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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