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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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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Friday

What Taylor Swift's cultural impact looks like to fans

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An artistic rendering of a washed-up Ichthyotitan severnensis carcass on the beach. Sergey Krasovskiy hide caption

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Wednesday

Author Salman Rushdie On Surviving Attack and The Value of Every Day of Life

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Hall of Fame college coach Dawn Staley Reflects on the state of women's basketball.

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Tuesday

Technology and disinformation places U.S. in multiple cold wars, author argues

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Iran's attack on Israel marks a significant shift from its usual proxy warfare

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House set to hold separate votes on aid for Israel and Ukraine after delays

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Monday

Iran's attack on Israel raises fear of regional conflict

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Tuesday

Prince Andrew's 2019 BBC interview is now the subject of a Netflix film. Steve Parsons/AP hide caption

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'A masterclass in how to give terrible answers': Inside that Prince Andrew interview

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Friday

Previews and predictions for NCAA men's final four

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The real BBC booker on how she convince Prince Andrew to go on record about Epstein

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Could cloned pigs solve the human organ shortage?

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Thursday

Investigative journalists track suspected cartel boss using his google reviews

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Former U.S. diplomat argues for stronger tactics on Israel

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Wednesday

Why Tuesday's earthquake in Taiwan was so much less destructive than the one in 1999

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Tuesday

Amor Towles checked in to the Beverly Hills Hotel to edit new novella

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Friday

Transportation Secretary Buttigieg gives update on Baltimore Key Bridge

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