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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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Fighting continued early Friday in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vice President Pence meet Thursday at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, for talks on the Kurds and Syria. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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American Student Spends 4 Days In Egyptian Jail

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The Department of Justice announced that hundreds of people have been charged in the takedown of a massive darknet child pornography website. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Protesters chanted slogans against the regime last month in Cairo, Egypt, at a rare protest. Nariman El-Mofty/AP hide caption

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Major Crackdown In Egypt Sweeps Up Activists, Children — And At Least 1 U.S. Citizen

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Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on Friday amid Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Says U.S. Troop Position In Syria Came Under Fire From Turkish Incursion

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Syrian National Army forces are dispatched to the Manbij front line near Aleppo ahead of Turkey's planned operation in northern Syria, on Tuesday. Bekir Kasim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Ancient Greek Scroll's Hidden Contents Revealed Through Infrared Imaging

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Infrared Imaging Gives Researchers Better View Of Contents On Ancient Papyrus Scroll

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In the Netherlands, farmers block a major highway with their tractors on Tuesday during a national protest. Farmers say their livestock and operations are being unfairly blamed for greenhouse gas emissions. Vincent Jannink/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he doesn't want an election amid the Brexit crisis and issued a rallying cry to lawmakers to back him in securing a Brexit deal. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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Firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of Southern California on Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard said it launched several boats to help more than two dozen people "in distress." Ventura County Fire Department via AP hide caption

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