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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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba To Reopen Embassies In Step Toward Normal Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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Asia
4:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Calls On Myanmar To Grant Rohingya Citizenship

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:01 pm

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World
5:15 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

60 Million People Displaced By World Conflicts, U.N. Refugee Agency Says

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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Parallels
4:48 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Of 4 Million Syrian Refugees, The U.S. Has Taken Fewer Than 1,000

Mohammad and Linda Jomaa al-Halabi, along with their five daughters, are among the fewer than 1,000 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the U.S. They left Syria in August 2012 and arrived last year in Baltimore, where they live now.
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Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

Syria's civil war has uprooted millions of people, including 4 million who have fled their homeland. The U.S., a country that has always been a leader in refugee resettlement, has taken in fewer than 1,000 of them.

Now, the United Nations refugee agency is asking the U.S. and other wealthy countries to open their doors to the most vulnerable victims of the conflict that began in 2011.

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Europe
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Middle East
8:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

U.N.-Led Yemen Peace Talks Are Set For June 14

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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Parallels
2:59 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Families Appeal To Congress, Call For Release Of Americans Held In Iran

Family members of Americans held or missing in Iran attend a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. From left: Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian; Nagameh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini; Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati; and Daniel Levinson, son of Robert Levinson.
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Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

After hearing testimony from four families, U.S. lawmakers passed a resolution calling on Iran to release three jailed Americans and provide information about a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, the families say it's time for the U.S. to push hard on this issue.

Among those who spoke Tuesday before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was Daniel Levinson, son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

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World
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

U.S., Cuba Continue Talks On Reopening Embassies

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 8:32 pm

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Latin America
5:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:57 pm

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Politics
4:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:23 pm

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Politics
4:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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Middle East
5:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Middle East
4:32 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 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
5:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

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

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

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National Security
5:10 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Negotiators Work To Sell Skeptics On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

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Africa
4:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Female Parliamentarians Urge Washington To Return Attention To Libya

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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Middle East
5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 12:43 am

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World
5:08 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:30 pm

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Afghanistan
5:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:10 am

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National Security
4:43 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Nuclear Experts Remain Optimistic About Iranian Negotiations

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 6:58 pm

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