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
2:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

U.S., Cuba Continue Talks On Reopening Embassies

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 pm

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Latin America
3:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 12:57 pm

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

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Politics
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Africa
3:33 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Abuse Allegations Against French Soldiers Raise Troubling Questions

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Middle East
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

New Opposition Leader Asks U.S. To Establish Safe Zones In Syria

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Middle East
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 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
3:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:36 am

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National Security
3:10 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Negotiators Work To Sell Skeptics On Iran Nuclear Deal

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Africa
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Female Parliamentarians Urge Washington To Return Attention To Libya

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Middle East
2:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

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World
2:39 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Yemen's President Flees As Rebels Move South, Reports Say

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Afghanistan
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Afghanistan Still Relies On U.S., President Ghani Reiterates

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National Security
3:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Nuclear Experts Remain Optimistic About Iranian Negotiations

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 4:58 pm

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Afghanistan
6:01 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Afghan President Makes First Official Visit To Washington

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World
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

U.N. Peacekeeping Behind The Curve Technologically, Experts Say

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Middle East
3:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Drawn-Out Syrian Civil War Spawns A Literal Dark Age

Girls carrying school bags provided by UNICEF walk past destroyed buildings on their way home from school on March 7 in the rebel-held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. So many people have fled the city and so much of its infrastructure has been destroyed that nighttime satellite images show 97 percent less light there compared with four years ago.
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Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 9:26 am

The conflict in Syria is entering its fifth year, and two new reports suggest it just keeps getting worse for civilians there.

One United Nations agency says life expectancy has plummeted by 20 years in the once-developed nation, while another new study based on nighttime satellite imagery finds that, in the past four years, 83 percent of the country's lights have gone off.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

U.N. Report: No Country Has Achieved Equality For Women

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (in white-and-blue vest) joins other leaders at the 2015 International Women's Day March at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on March 8 in New York City.
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Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:49 am

Twenty years ago, then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made headlines with these words at September 5, 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing:

"If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all."

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U.S.
2:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Netanyahu Urges U.S. To Hold Out For Better Nuclear Deal With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:25 pm

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News
8:58 am
Tue March 3, 2015

After Weeks Of Controversy, Netanyahu Takes The Podium Before Congress

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 10:19 am

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This morning, members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill for a major speech.

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World
2:58 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Netanyahu Insists D.C. Visit Not Intended To Pull Israel Into Partisan Debate

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:56 pm

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Latin America
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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World
2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

U.S., Cuba Work On Plans To Upgrade Diplomatic Posts

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

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Europe
3:09 am
Mon February 23, 2015

OSCE Needs Better Technology To Monitor Ukrainian Truce, Zannier Says

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:39 pm

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National Security
2:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Obama Asks For Global Help Undercutting Radical Ideology

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:13 pm

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Parallels
9:12 am
Thu February 12, 2015

John Kerry Takes A Side Trip Into A Snowstorm

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 5. On the way back to the U.S., Kerry's plane stopped in Boston during a snowstorm so he could see his new grandchild. Such personal stops are permitted, though they sometimes raise eyebrows.
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On his way home from Europe last Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry didn't go directly to Washington. He routed his government plane to Boston's Logan Airport, which was battling a major snowstorm.

The plane circled for a half-hour before landing, and was then on the tarmac for about an hour-and-a-half. Kerry's staff and journalists traveling with him remained on board, while the secretary got off to meet his newborn granddaughter. When Kerry got back on board, the plane then proceeded to Washington.

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Europe
3:04 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

How Should U.S., Europe Respond To Russian Aggression?

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 7:29 pm

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Europe
5:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:19 am

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Europe
4:08 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Diplomacy Round Sparked After Upsurge In Eastern Ukraine Fighting

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 9:25 am

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There is a rare pause in the fighting in eastern Ukraine this morning. Separatists supported by Russia and Ukrainian troops have agreed to allow civilians to leave Debaltseve, a small city being fought over with tanks and heavy artillery.

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Europe
2:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Kerry Visits Kiev To Show Support For Beleaguered Ukrainian Government

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:23 pm

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