Mary Louise Kelly Mary Louise Kelly is a co-host of NPR's All Things Considered.
Mary Louise Kelly, photographed for NPR, 6 September 2022, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Mary Louise Kelly, photographed for NPR, 6 September 2022, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Mary Louise Kelly

Host, All Things Considered

Mary Louise Kelly is a co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine.

Previously, she spent a decade as national security correspondent for NPR News, and she's kept that focus in her role as anchor. That's meant taking All Things Considered to Russia, North Korea, and beyond (including live coverage from Helsinki, for the infamous Trump-Putin summit). Her past reporting has tracked the CIA and other spy agencies, terrorism, wars, and rising nuclear powers. Kelly's assignments have found her deep in interviews at the Khyber Pass, at mosques in Hamburg, and in grimy Belfast bars.

Kelly first launched NPR's intelligence beat in 2004. After one particularly tough trip to Baghdad — so tough she wrote an essay about it for Newsweek — she decided to try trading the spy beat for spy fiction. Her debut espionage novel, Anonymous Sources, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. It's a tale of journalists, spies, and Pakistan's nuclear security. Her second novel, The Bullet, followed in 2015.

Kelly's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, and other publications. She has lectured at Harvard and Stanford, and taught a course on national security and journalism at Georgetown University. In addition to her NPR work, Kelly serves as a contributing editor at The Atlantic, moderating newsmaker interviews at forums from Aspen to Abu Dhabi.

A Georgia native, Kelly's first job was pounding the streets as a political reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 1996, she made the leap to broadcasting, joining the team that launched BBC/Public Radio International's The World. The following year, Kelly moved to London to work as a producer for CNN and as a senior producer, host, and reporter for the BBC World Service.

Kelly graduated from Harvard University in 1993 with degrees in government, French language, and literature. Two years later, she completed a master's degree in European studies at Cambridge University in England.

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A doctor moved to a state where abortion is protected. She’s concerned about the 2024 election

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Stephen King says finishing one of his stories decades after he started it felt like "calling into a canyon of time." Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Stephen King's new story took him 45 years to write

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Horror icon Stephen King doubts it's possible to 'gross out' the American public

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Monday

What could be next for Iran after President Raisi's death

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The brown pelican crisis of 2024 is here

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A look at Slovakian PM Robert Fico's politics after yesterday's assassination attempt

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Friday

A look at the Professional Women's Hockey League's first season and playoffs

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The U.S. is withholding aid to Israel. Will it work?

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Autocracies are pushing propaganda against democracy itself, says 'Atlantic' writer

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Tuesday

Colm Toibin vowed to never write a sequel. Until 'Long Island'

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Monday

Israel-Hamas ceasefire faces an uncertain future as Rafah offensive looms

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Tuesday

Three student journalists on the protests rocking their campuses

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In sprawling 'Time' magazine interview, Trump lays out plans for second term

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A U.S. diplomat tells NPR why she resigned in protest over the policy in Gaza

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State Department diplomat resigns in protest of U.S. policy in Gaza

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What it means if the International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Netanyahu

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Student protesters reflect on the legacy of campus activism during the Vietnam War

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Wednesday

What to watch for at the Supreme Court presidential immunity arguments

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Tuesday

'The Crown' creator Peter Morgan tackles Putin's Rise to Power in new play 'Patriots'

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Judi Dench on a career and friendship forged by Shakespeare

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Finding affordable housing for both renters and buyers is feeling impossible lately. Experts point to a shortage of an estimated four to seven million homes. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Housing experts say there just aren't enough homes in the U.S.

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What Taylor Swift's cultural impact looks like to fans

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