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Merrit Kennedy

Reporter, NPR News Desk

Merrit Kennedy is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. 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, 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 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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Thailand's Constitutional Court ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett hide caption

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When filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, Forever 21 had stated that it planned to reorganize the business and would likely close up to 178 U.S. stores. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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Dagmar Turner recently played her violin during brain surgery in London. "The violin is my passion," she said in a statement. "I've been playing since I was 10 years old." King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust/Screen shot by NPR hide caption

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Houston Astros players Alex Bregman and José Altuve look on as owner Jim Crane addresses reporters during a news conference Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Michael Reaves/Getty Images hide caption

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An artist's rendering of DNA. Scientists have found traces of DNA that they say is evidence that prehistoric humans procreated with an unknown hominin group in West Africa. Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 hide caption

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'Ghost' DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins

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Holden Matthews, who was arrested in April over suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana, has pleaded guilty to federal charges. Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP hide caption

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's designated successor, says she will quit her role as head of the Germany's strongest party in summer and won't stand for the chancellorship. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Douglas Hodge, shown last October outside the federal courthouse in Boston, has been sentenced to nine months in prison. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Solar Orbiter, seen in this artistic rendering, is a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA to study the sun and what drives the solar wind that creates space weather that affects Earth. ESA/ATG medialab hide caption

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The expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline has seen significant opposition, such as this camp set up by demonstrators in Vancouver, Canada, in 2018. Jeremy Hainsworth/AP hide caption

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