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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Parallels
11:12 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
5:04 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

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

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:29 pm

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Europe
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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Europe
4:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Kerry Visits Kiev To Show Support For Beleaguered Ukrainian Government

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

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Latin America
4:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 7:22 pm

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Europe
5:14 am
Tue February 3, 2015

White House Urged To Re-Think Its Approach On Ukraine

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 12:27 pm

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Latin America
6:16 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senators Work To Open Up Travel For Americans To Cuba

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:39 pm

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Africa
8:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Kerry Urges Nigeria To Hold Credible Elections In Face Of Violence

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 1:03 pm

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:20 pm

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Latin America
4:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Thaw Begins On U.S.-Cuba Relationship Frozen In Time

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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Middle East
5:31 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 6:59 pm

The war in Syria has been raging for nearly four years and it's been challenging for diplomats to get warring sides to agree on even temporary truces.

The U.N. envoy is pressing ahead on that front, while Russia tries to play peacemaker. Russia is inviting the parties to Moscow this month, but some opposition groups won't go to a country that has been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Latin America
4:51 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:33 pm

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Latin America
4:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

For Cuba, Hostile Relationship With U.S. No Longer An Alibi

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 5:20 pm

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World
10:17 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Mideast Conflict Could Bog Down International Criminal Court

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing war crimes against the Palestinians. The Palestinians have joined the International Criminal Court, a move that has angered Israel and is unlikely to lead to any prosecutions in the near term.
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Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 11:26 am

The Palestinian decision to join the International Criminal Court this month comes at a challenging time for the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal.

The ICC is just over a decade old and has had to back off from some controversial cases, including one in Kenya, where an investigation collapsed into the country's president for election violence. The Hague-based court may have to walk an especially fine line in the Middle East.

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Parallels
2:41 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

With The Saudi King Ailing, Succession Speculation Begins

King Abdullah (right) and Crown Prince Salman (left) are shown in this 2012 poster. The king, who is at least 90, was hospitalized last week and Salman on Tuesday stepped in for the monarch and delivered an annual televised speech to the nation.
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Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:47 pm

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is ill, the kingdom is facing the lowest oil prices in years (partly by choice) and it remains locked in a regional rivalry with Iran.

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Africa
4:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

U.N. Whistleblower: International Community Has Failed Darfur

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 6:30 pm

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U.S.
4:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

From White House's Perspective, Cuban Embargo Hasn't Worked

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:07 pm

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That embargo remains in place, but as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the Obama administration said today that it's pushing for as much trade and travel as it can under existing law.

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U.S.
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

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Latin America
5:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:02 am

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Africa
4:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Restrictive Government Makes Fighting Sexual Assault Hard In Egypt

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:38 am

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