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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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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, shown last month during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, is now under investigation by that committee. Tom Williams/Pool via AP hide caption

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United Airlines planes are parked at gates last month at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The airline announced it is eliminating many change fees, and Delta Air Lines and American Airlines quickly followed. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Retired Army Sgt. Felix McDermott is buried in Pennsylvania's Westmoreland County. His death is one of seven that Reta Mays has been charged with. Jeff Swensen/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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