Michele Kelemen

A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

In her latest beat, Kelemen has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him, tracking the Obama administration's broad foreign policy agenda from Asia to the Middle East. She also followed President Bush's Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and was part of the NPR team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.

As NPR's Moscow bureau chief, Kelemen chronicled the end of the Yeltsin era and Vladimir Putin's consolidation of power. She recounted the terrible toll of the latest war in Chechnya, while also reporting on a lighter side of Russia, with stories about modern day Russian literature and sports.

Kelemen came to NPR in September 1998, after eight years working for the Voice of America. There, she learned the ropes as a news writer, newscaster and show host.

Michele earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and East European Affairs and International Economics.

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World
6:39 am
Tue September 23, 2014

As U.N. Leaders Prepare To Meet, Many Issues Vie For Attention

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:20 pm

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Africa
4:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Report: Violence Against Children Runs Rampant In Nigeria's Northeast

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:51 pm

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Europe
4:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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Europe
4:12 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:28 pm

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Parallels
4:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad walk along a street in Mleiha, near the Damascus airport, during a tour organized by the Syrian government on Aug. 15.
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Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 8:35 pm

President Obama said Wednesday that the Islamic State is a cancer that threatens all governments in the Middle East. But that raises the question of what the U.S. could or should do.

Two former U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Robert Ford and Ryan Crocker, have advocated different approaches to a conflict where there are many different options. But none is appealing and there's no guarantee, or even a likelihood that U.S. action would ultimately determine the outcome.

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Middle East
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

U.S. Policy On Syria Marked By Caution, Official Says

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 4:24 pm

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Africa
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

South Sudan's Leaders Jostle For Power As Prospect Of Famine Looms

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 pm

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Africa
4:51 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

At Africa Summit, South Sudanese President Resents Pressure From U.S.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 7:43 pm

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Africa
4:18 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 7:09 pm

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World
4:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:07 am

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