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Merrit Kennedy

Reporter, The Two-Way

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

Merrit joined NPR in Washington, D.C., 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 ouster 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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USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing

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Noisy Clip

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Days, Weeks, Years? Scientists Say Hawaii Volcano Eruption Has No End In Sight

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Cheryl Chandler says she happened to click on a viral video showing a woman wearing a hospital gown, not knowing it showed her 22-year-old daughter, Rebecca. She has mental health issues and was left outside a Baltimore hospital on a cold January night. The video recorded by a passer-by went viral. Jared Soares for NPR hide caption

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'Failing Patients': Baltimore Video Highlights Crisis Of Emergency Psychiatric Care

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People walk past the World Bank's headquarters in Washington, D.C. A watchdog says that the World Bank is not adequately monitoring how funds intended for Afghanistan reconstruction are being used. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision that killed at least 10 people and injured 15 others in Toronto on Monday. Cole Burston/Getty Images hide caption

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The Metro Nashville Police Department released a photo showing Travis Reinking in the back of a police car moments after being arrested on Monday. Metro Nashville Police Department via AP hide caption

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LeeAnne Walters, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was key in exposing the crisis of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich. Michael Gleason/The Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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There are variations in the appearance of severely bleached corals. Here, the coral displays pink fluorescing tissue signalling heat stress. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda hide caption

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Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

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The engine on a Southwest Airlines plane is inspected as it sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after making an emergency landing there on Tuesday. Amanda Bourman/AP hide caption

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Moke, a western lowland gorilla, was born on Sunday to great delight at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Representative of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons met Monday about Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, shown here at January's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, is calling for an end to auditions at private hotel rooms or homes. Vince Bucci/Invision/AP hide caption

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