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.

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Politics
5:15 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

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U.S.
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:33 am

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Budget Bill Proves Perfect Flashpoint For Debate Among Democrats

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:16 pm

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National Security
4:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

White House Tiptoes Around Usefulness Of Brutal Interrogation Tactics

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

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National Security
4:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Reaction To 'Torture Report' Shows A Nation Divided

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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It's All Politics
12:07 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A Fleeting Peek At The Prince And The President

The White House said the president was looking forward to "thanking The Duke of Cambridge for the hospitality shown to him by the Royal Family during the President's recent visits to the United Kingdom."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:08 pm

The visit of Britain's Prince William to Washington, D.C. has been greeted with the excitement reserved for celebrities in a town starved of real famous people (I mean, spotting Sen. Chuck Schumer at a restaurant can lead to breathless "spotted" tweeting). Folks are disappointed that his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, didn't make the trip down from New York City with him. But, this is D.C., and we'll take what we can get on an otherwise slow news morning.

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Around the Nation
11:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

With Kleenex And A Sense Of Awe: Decking Out The White House

A Christmas tree sits in the Blue Room of the White House.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 2:52 pm

The White House is decked out in miles of ribbon and fresh garland, gold leaf and sparkling crystal accents, 26 Christmas trees and even animated replicas of the first dogs, Sunny and Bo.

Getting the executive mansion ready for the tens of thousands of visitors who will walk through in the coming days took hundreds of hours and about 100 volunteers.

At the entrance of the East Wing is a tree decorated with red, white and blue bows. Martha Hopp, from Illinois, tied those bows.

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Politics
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

When Big Money Leads To Diplomatic Posts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:22 pm

When describing her qualifications for the job, the newly confirmed U.S. ambassador to Hungary cited a "product" she helped develop that is exported to "more than 100 countries, for daily consumption with more than 40 million viewers."

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Around the Nation
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Takes Sales Pitch For Immigration Action On The Road

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:36 pm

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Politics
9:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:03 pm

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.

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Politics
5:18 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Executive Action Could Foment Government Shutdown Drama

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:14 pm

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It's All Politics
6:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Rep. Steve King, The Unlikeliest Amnesty 'Supporter'

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King at the Capitol after a vote in August.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:59 pm

A new term may have been coined today on Capitol Hill: "gaggle bombing."

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Politics
4:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Immigration Will Be An Early Test Of The Divided Government

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:11 pm

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Politics
5:14 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Awkward Post-Election White House Lunch

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Nancy Pelosi during their post-election meeting at the White House in November 2006.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:27 pm

President Obama is having lunch with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. This sort of post-election sit-down after power shifts away from the president's party has become something of a Washington tradition. An awkward one.

"Hey Mitch, can you pass the biscuits?"

"And while you're at it, what about tax reform?"

Oh, who are we kidding? They probably don't serve buttery biscuits at this White House. And we may never find out exactly what President Obama and congressional Republicans discuss over lunch.

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Politics
5:11 am
Thu November 6, 2014

On What Issues Can Obama And The Republican Leadership Agree?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 11:15 am

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Politics
5:09 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Polls Show New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race Is A Tossup

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 12:35 pm

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Wisconsin Democratic Candidate Welcomes Obama When Others Won't

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:30 pm

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Global Health
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Different Ebola Quarantine Policies Send A Confusing Message

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 6:25 pm

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