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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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4:18am

Thu November 20, 2014
Politics

Obama Executive Action Could Foment Government Shutdown Drama

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:14 pm

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5:57pm

Wed November 19, 2014
It's All Politics

Rep. Steve King, The Unlikeliest Amnesty 'Supporter'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:59 pm

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King at the Capitol after a vote in August.
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A new term may have been coined today on Capitol Hill: "gaggle bombing."

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3:28pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Politics

Obama, Congress Feuding Over Keystone Pipeline, Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:34 pm

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3:32pm

Fri November 7, 2014
Politics

Immigration Will Be An Early Test Of The Divided Government

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

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4:14am

Fri November 7, 2014
Politics

The Awkward Post-Election White House Lunch

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:27 pm

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