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.


4:08 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

U.S. Bill Targets Russians For Human Rights Abuses

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 5:10 pm

Members of Russia's upper house of parliament came to Washington on an unusual lobbying trip, though they know they are probably here too late. At issue is pending U.S. legislation that would punish Russian officials involved in human rights abuses. The bill has already been passed in committees in both houses of Congress. And many lawmakers want to pass it at the same time that they lift cold war era trade restrictions with Russia.

Middle East
4:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Contact Group To Focus On Syrian Political Transition

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am



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4:13 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

New Presidency Prompts Look At U.S. Aid To Egypt

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:27 pm



The Obama administration has reacted cautiously to the election in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate. President Obama called Mohammed Morsi to congratulate him. At the same time, the U.S. has been encouraging Egypt's current military rulers to ensure a transition to democratic rule. How they respond to that could impact future levels of financial aid, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Middle East
3:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Obama, Putin Working On Political Solution For Syria

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:48 am



President Obama disagrees with Russia's president Vladimir Putin over what to do about Syria. The U.S. thinks it's time for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to go. The Russians aren't so sure. The American and Russian leaders met yesterday during a summit of global leaders and they at least agreed that they prefer a political solution to Syria's problems. They hope to avoid a civil war. They just don't agree how to do it. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Middle East
4:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

U.S., Russia Accused Of Arming Opposite Syrian Sides

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 6:32 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


And I'm Melissa Block. The U.S. and Russia are engaged in a new war of words over arms shipments to Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she has information that Russian attack helicopters are on their way there. She warns this will mark an escalation in Syria's offensive against rebel forces and anti-government protesters.

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