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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6:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Casts Long Shadow Over NATO Summit

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:31 pm

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Europe
3:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:28 pm

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Parallels
3:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad walk along a street in Mleiha, near the Damascus airport, during a tour organized by the Syrian government on Aug. 15.
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Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 7:35 pm

President Obama said Wednesday that the Islamic State is a cancer that threatens all governments in the Middle East. But that raises the question of what the U.S. could or should do.

Two former U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Robert Ford and Ryan Crocker, have advocated different approaches to a conflict where there are many different options. But none is appealing and there's no guarantee, or even a likelihood that U.S. action would ultimately determine the outcome.

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Middle East
3:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

U.S. Policy On Syria Marked By Caution, Official Says

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 3:24 pm

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Africa
3:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

South Sudan's Leaders Jostle For Power As Prospect Of Famine Looms

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 8:45 pm

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Africa
3:51 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

At Africa Summit, South Sudanese President Resents Pressure From U.S.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:43 pm

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Africa
4:13 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Summit Focuses Investors On Africa's Energy Opportunities

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 6:45 am

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Africa
3:18 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change

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Europe
7:50 am
Sun August 3, 2014

U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick?

A pro-Russian fighter guards the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine on July 19, 2014. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board.
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Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 12:02 pm

The U.S. and Russia seem to have fallen into a pattern over the crisis in Ukraine. When Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia doubles down on its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

That has been the case even after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over a separatist held region, and many wonder if it's time for a new approach to Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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World
3:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 7:07 am

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Middle East
3:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:36 pm

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Middle East
3:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 7:17 pm

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Now to Cairo, where Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are trying to bring an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Kerry made a brief public statement today. He said the talks have been constructive but there's more work to do.

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Middle East
4:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:13 pm

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Politics
4:14 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:09 am

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Now, this next story grows out of the Separation of Powers Clause of the Constitution. The document says the president nominates ambassadors who take office with the advice and consent of the Senate. In many cases, President Obama's choices have not received Senate consent.

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The administration has complained about the strategic effect of so many unfilled posts abroad. There's also a personal cost. More than 50 diplomats are awaiting confirmation.

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World
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor.

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