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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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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pictured speaking at an event in September, died after a fight broke out in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, according to Saudi state TV. Middle East Monitor via Reuters hide caption

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The Washington Post has published the last column prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote before he disappeared earlier this month. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jamal Khashoggi's Last Column Before Disappearance Calls For Free Expression

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U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, shown here at a conference in April, says he will leave his post the last week of November. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesady. Leah Mills/AP hide caption

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Pompeo Arrives In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (right) and President Trump walk over to speak with reporters after arriving on Monday at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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PG&E pre-emptively shut down power in multiple Northern California counties to try to prevent wildfires, such as this recent fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Gentoo penguins relax in the cool temperatures at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in 2016. Sphen and Magic, the newest penguin couple in the aquarium, are fostering an egg together. James D. Morgan/Getty Images hide caption

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"We are confident that the association between race and the death penalty is not attributed to random chance," the state's supreme court justices wrote in a majority opinion. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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