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
12:59 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In A Remote Corner Of Sudan, An American Takes His Stand

American Ryan Boyette, left, works with Yassin Hassen, right, in an interview with a rebel in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Boyette started the Nuba Reports website in 2011 and recruited Hassen to join as a citizen journalist.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 8:55 am

American Ryan Boyette knows there are many crises that compete for world's attention, but he's determined not to let a conflict in his adopted home of Sudan go unnoticed.

The young Florida man moved to the Nuba Mountains, a remote part of Sudan, in 2003, to join the Evangelical Christian aid group, Samaritan's Purse.

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Asia
3:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

North Korea Allows Detained American To Leave

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:01 am

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Europe
4:01 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Ahead Of Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Meets With Russia's Lavrov

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 1:18 pm

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Middle East
3:59 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Meeting In Cairo, Nations Pledge $5.4 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:42 am

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Middle East
3:58 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Kobani Aristrikes Highlight Limit Of U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 5:13 pm

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Europe
3:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

From Exile In Switzerland, Ex-Tycoon Relaunches Open Russia

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:32 am

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World
3:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

France Helps U.S. Fight ISIS In Iraq, But Not Syria

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:17 pm

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Goats and Soda
6:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Promised Help To Fight Ebola Arriving At 'Speed Of A Turtle'

Five ambulances, donated by the U.S. to help combat Ebola, are lined up after a ceremony attended by Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, in Freetown on Sept. 10.
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Health officials have warned that if aid doesn't arrive soon to West Africa, more than a million people could be infected with Ebola by late January.

Last week President Obama announced plans for a surge in U.S. aid to the region. The U.K. and the European Union followed suit.

The United Nations is also gearing up to provide aid. Representatives from member states met Thursday at the U.N. General Assembly to tackle the crisis.

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World
4:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

U.N. Security Council Passes Anti-Terrorism Resolution

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:26 am

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Middle East
3:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Syria's Civil War Complicates Plan To Combat Islamic State

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 5:14 pm

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And we begin this hour at the United Nations where today the U.S. airstrikes in Syria are topping a crowded agenda. President Obama appealed for help in the fight against the militant group calling itself the Islamic State.

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