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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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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President-Elect Joe Biden To Name His Secretary Of State

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Biden Team Pledges To Pull State Department Out Of Period Of Crisis

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Pompeo Fuels Administration's Baseless Claims Of Election Fraud

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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty of the National Nuclear Security Administration discusses global nuclear threats in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2019. She was removed from her post in an abrupt round of departures at three agencies. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP hide caption

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International Observers Discuss The 2020 Presidential Election

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Sudan Agrees To Normalize Ties With Israel in U.S.-Brokered Deal

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Watchdogs Examine Pompeo's Election-Year Politics For Law Breaking

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What Are The Presidential Candidates' Views On Foreign Policy?

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Saudi Arabia And Iranian-Backed Rebels Swap Over 1,000 Prisoners In Yemen

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