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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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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top political leader (second from left), has been involved in the group's negotiations with U.S. officials. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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U.S. And The Taliban May Be Near A Deal. What Does That Mean For Afghanistan?

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A video posted by Never Again Action shows a truck driving toward protesters outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. Never Again Action via Storyful hide caption

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A Harvard research team's prototype of a portable exosuit is made of cloth components worn at the waist and thighs. A computer that's built into the shorts uses an algorithm that can sense when the user shifts between a walking gait and a running gait. Wyss Institute at Harvard University hide caption

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These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail

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Demonstrators sit and lie on the arrival hall floor at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday. Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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'I'll Ride With Him For Hours': Rep. Cummings Calls On Trump To Visit Baltimore

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Clauvino da Silva was caught trying to slip out of a Rio de Janeiro prison complex Saturday, disguised as a woman. Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Prison Administration via Reuters hide caption

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Candles burn at a makeshift memorial for Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims outside the festival grounds in Gilroy, Calif. The FBI says it has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the incident. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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