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Merrit Kennedy

Reporter, NPR Newsdesk

Merrit Kennedy is a reporter for NPR's Newsdesk. She covers a broad range of issues, from the latest developments out of the Middle East to science research news.

Kennedy joined NPR in Washington, DC, in December 2015, after seven years living and working in Egypt. She started her journalism career at the beginning of the Egyptian uprising in 2011 and chronicled the ousting of two presidents, eight rounds of elections, and numerous major outbreaks of violence for NPR and other news outlets. She has also worked as a reporter and television producer in Cairo for The Associated Press, covering Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan.

She grew up in Los Angeles, the Middle East, and places in between, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master's degree in international human rights law from The American University in Cairo.

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Ross Perot, Billionaire Businessman And Former Presidential Candidate, Dies At 89

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Cathedral High School leadership in Indianapolis says Archbishop Charles Thompson issued "direct guidance" that the school fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage or forfeit its Catholic identity. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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