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Tamara Keith

Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent. She is especially focused on matters related to the economy and the Federal budget.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, she was a Congressional Correspondent covering Congress with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and the ongoing fiscal fights. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, and traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the primaries in Colorado and Ohio, among other states. She began covering congress in August 2011.

Keith joined NPR in 2009 as a Business Reporter. In that role, she reported on topics spanning the business world from covering the debt downgrade and debt ceiling crisis to the latest in policy debates, legal issues and technology trends. In early 2010, she was on the ground in Haiti covering the aftermath of the country's disastrous earthquake and later she covered the oil spill in the Gulf. In 2011, Keith conceived and reported the 2011 NPR series The Road Back To Work, a year-long series featuring the audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.

Keith has deep roots in public radio and got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. While in college, she launched her career at NPR Member Station KQED's California Report, covering topics including agriculture and the environment. In 2004, Keith began working at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, where she reported on politics and the 2004 presidential campaign.

Keith went back to California to open the state capital bureau for NPR Member Station KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. In 2006, Keith returned to KQED, serving as the Sacramento-region reporter for two years.

In 2001, Keith began working on B-Side Radio, an hour-long public radio show and podcast that she co-founded, produced, hosted, edited, and distributed for nine years.

Over the course of her career Keith has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including an award for best news writing from the APTRA California/Nevada and a first place trophy from the Society of Environmental Journalists for "Outstanding Story Radio." Keith was a 2010-2011 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.

Keith earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. Tamara is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against female members of Congress in the Congressional Women's Softball game.

Reaction to the video of Donald Trump using explicit language and apparently describing himself forcing himself on women continues to roll in. And it is not good for the GOP nominee. Prominent Republicans are calling on him to drop out and elected officials are running from him and fast. See the full list of Republicans calling on Trump to step down at the bottom on this post . The candidate isn't backing down, telling the Washington Post's Robert Costa in an interview today , "I'd never...

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine clearly came into last night's vice presidential debate with the goal of making Indiana Gov. Mike Pence answer for Donald Trump's most controversial statements and policy positions. Unlike his running mate the week before, the steely Pence resisted taking the bait. Kaine repeatedly quoted Trump's own words. Pence either ignored him, mocked him, tried a Jedi mind trick reversal or flatly denied the quotes were real. And maybe that was Kaine's real goal. The Clinton...

Bill Clinton was at a rally in Michigan riffing about the American health care system, riffing being a favorite pastime of the former president. He was getting to a point about how his wife, Hillary Clinton, hopes to improve the Affordable Care Act. But before he could get there, he described "this crazy system" where under Obamacare millions more people have health coverage but some have seen "their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half." Clinton topped it off with a line that...

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It's not clear whether political endorsements from athletes and movie stars really influence voter behavior, but when it comes to basketball, there is no bigger name than LeBron James. That's especially true in the closely matched presidential swing state of Ohio. The four-time NBA MVP led his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to their first ever NBA championship in June. And today, James' endorsement of Hillary Clinton is front page news in the Akron Beacon Journal . "Only one person...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: People on Twitter and elsewhere talked a lot about the body language of the presidential candidates during Monday's debate. And you could tell a lot by that body language. At one point, Hillary Clinton responded to extended remarks by Donald Trump with a smile and a much noticed shimmy of her shoulders. Yesterday on this program, one Georgia voter concluded she wanted him to say everything that he was saying. On...

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For Emily Ladau, Hillary Clinton's speech on Wednesday about an inclusive economy with greater opportunities for those who are disabled wasn't just any candidate speech. It was a speech targeted directly at her. "This has been my life since the moment I was born," says Ladau. "The reality is that I'm sort of a political statement on wheels, whether I want to be or not." Ladau was born with a genetic physical disability and uses a wheelchair. She is a writer and disability advocate. People...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: One group playing a prominent role in this presidential campaign, people with disabilities. Republican Donald Trump made sure of that with a famous gesture. Democrat Hillary Clinton has not missed the opening. Here's NPR's Tamara Keith. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: For Emily Ladau, a speech yesterday from Hillary Clinton about creating economic opportunities for those who are disabled wasn't just any candidate speech. It...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Hillary Clinton was back on the campaign trail today. After taking three days to rest from pneumonia, Clinton entered her event with some specially chosen music for the occasion. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I GOT YOU") JAMES BROWN: (Singing) I feel good. I knew that I would now. MCEVERS: NPR's Tamara Keith is in Greensboro, N.C., where Clinton spoke earlier. Hi, there, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hi, there. MCEVERS: So...

As presidential candidates travel the country, they often deliver the same speech, or close to it. We are annotating speeches delivered by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to give you a sense of what they are talking about regularly, and how they say it. To think about the structure of a Hillary Clinton stump speech, imagine a book shelf. Clinton probably has 50 books on the shelf, various elements of a speech, anecdotes, policies she talks about, themes, turns of phrase. For each speech...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Since the Democratic convention, it seemed that Hillary Clinton was content letting her opponent, Donald Trump, dominate the news cycle because he was dominating it with controversies that he caused himself. But with time getting a little tight, Trump sticking now to a teleprompter and voters paying more attention, a big question is whether Clinton can get her own message to resonate. NPR's Tamara Keith reports....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Labor Day is the traditional launch of the final campaign sprint towards Election Day. And even in this most unconventional campaign, both candidates are in traditional Labor Day mode in ways they haven't been before. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton crossed paths in Ohio with Trump sitting down face-to-face with small groups of voters and Hillary Clinton coming face-to-face with reporters in a way she hasn't...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Our colleague Tamara Keith has just spent some time on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. And she is now making a brief stop here in Washington, D.C., before getting back on the campaign trail. Tam, it's good to see you in person. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Good to be here in person. GREENE: So you spent some time with Trump supporters at this moment where there's new research out that - I mean, it seems to be...

Although Family Circle magazine's quadrennial presidential cookie competition sounds like it might have started with Mamie Eisenhower back in the 1950s, it actually got its start with Hillary Clinton. Every presidential election cycle since 1992, the magazine has published a cookie recipe from the candidates' wives. The latest recipes were released Thursday morning, of course with a twist this year: Since Hillary Clinton is the first female nominee of a major party, it was her husband, Bill,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Donald Trump is shaking up his campaign again. He has brought in the head of the conservative website Breitbart as CEO. He promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort will keep his title. For weeks now, Republicans have been urging their presidential nominee to refocus his campaign as his poll numbers have sunk. But in an interview with WKBT television in Wisconsin...

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Editor's note: NPR fact-checked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's economic speech on Monday. Trump delivered an address Monday to the Detroit Economic Club, outlining a plan to cut taxes and get rid of regulations. Today was Hillary Clinton's turn, where she argued that her plan would boost the middle class while Trump's plan "would give trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, and Wall Street money managers." Clinton spoke at Futuramic Tool & Engineering, an...

For long-time Republican Matthew Higgins, the moment of truth came when his nine-year-old son came to him with a question. "'So daddy, is this how the political process works?'" said Higgins, recalling his son's query one evening. "'If you're a member of the Republican Party, does that mean you have to vote Republican, even if you don't agree with what the Republican is saying?'" Higgins is CEO of a company called RSE Ventures, but he was press secretary when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New...

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