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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Friday

Nevada Rep. Horsford, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, talks police reform

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College Board responds to backlash over AP African American studies curriculum

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Saturday

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Even after a century, tanks still play a major role in war

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Thursday

Tanks were invented more than 100 years ago. How have they stood the test of time?

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A dramatic political battle for the RNC's next chair culminates this week

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'Everybody is cheating': Why this teacher has adopted an open ChatGPT policy

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Wednesday

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Do you use these words when you apologize? It's time to stop, researchers say

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Tuesday

Protests against proposed Atlanta police training facility escalate

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How to stop worrying and love (or at least live with) ChatGPT

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Monday

Scientists find 17-pound meteorite in Antarctica

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Thursday

Authors explain how and why to apologize the right way

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Saturday

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What Putin's shake-up of top commanders could mean for the war in Ukraine

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Friday

New York orders Trump companies to pay $1.6M for tax fraud

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Tuesday

Where similarities between government attacks in Brazil and the U.S. begin — and end

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