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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Middle East
4:13 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Yemen, U.S. Struggles To Navigate Complex Sectarian Landscape

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

The U.S. is backing the Arab intervention in Yemen, which is seen as Saudi Arabia's attempt to beat back Iranian influence. But it's not so easy to look at Yemen and other conflicts in the region as Shia vs. Sunni or Islamists vs. non-Islamists.

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Middle East
4:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Activists Urge U.S. To Evacuate Yemeni-Americans From Yemen

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:36 am

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National Security
3:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Negotiators Work To Sell Skeptics On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:42 pm

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Africa
3:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Female Parliamentarians Urge Washington To Return Attention To Libya

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:27 pm

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Middle East
3:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:43 pm

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