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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6:56am

Sat February 7, 2015
Europe

Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 10:19 am

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3:35pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Europe

Kerry Visits Kiev To Show Support For Beleaguered Ukrainian Government

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

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3:37pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Latin America

Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 6:22 pm

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3:24pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Politics

Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:20 pm

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4:31pm

Sat January 17, 2015
Middle East

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 5:59 pm

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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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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