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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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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman (right) attends a press briefing about the attack Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Pittman announced that one Capitol Police officer died after a man rammed his vehicle into a barrier. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Intelligence: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Operation To Kill Jamal Khashoggi

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A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles County on Tuesday. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and underwent surgery, authorities and his agent said. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Friends of the Earth supporters unfold a banner on Friday outside the district court in The Hague, Netherlands, where the court delivered its judgment in a long-running case in which four Nigerian farmers are seeking compensation and a cleanup from energy giant Shell for pollution caused by leaking oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. Mike Corder/AP hide caption

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The San Francisco school board has voted to consider removing the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from public schools, such as Abraham Lincoln High School. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Stella Kyriakides, European commissioner for health and food safety, said that in the future all companies producing COVID-19 vaccines in the EU "will have to provide early notification whenever they want to export vaccines to third countries." John Thys/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The NFL is inviting about 7,500 healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla.'s Raymond James Stadium, shown here in 2009. Charlie Riedel/Associated Press hide caption

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South Korean gold medalist Shim Suk-hee (far left), shown with her relay teammates during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, accused her former coach of repeated sexual assault. Javier Soriano/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jacob Chansley, the "QAnon Shaman" known for his painted face and horned hat, was taken into custody in Arizona in connection with the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The New York State Bar Association is launching a "historic" inquiry into Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, shown here at a November press conference in Washington, D.C. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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