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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Europe
5:09 am
Mon February 23, 2015

OSCE Needs Better Technology To Monitor Ukrainian Truce, Zannier Says

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:39 pm

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Parallels
11:12 am
Thu February 12, 2015

John Kerry Takes A Side Trip Into A Snowstorm

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 5. On the way back to the U.S., Kerry's plane stopped in Boston during a snowstorm so he could see his new grandchild. Such personal stops are permitted, though they sometimes raise eyebrows.
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On his way home from Europe last Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry didn't go directly to Washington. He routed his government plane to Boston's Logan Airport, which was battling a major snowstorm.

The plane circled for a half-hour before landing, and was then on the tarmac for about an hour-and-a-half. Kerry's staff and journalists traveling with him remained on board, while the secretary got off to meet his newborn granddaughter. When Kerry got back on board, the plane then proceeded to Washington.

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Europe
5:37 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

How Should U.S., Europe Respond To Russian Aggression?

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:29 pm

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Europe
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:19 am

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Europe
6:08 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Diplomacy Round Sparked After Upsurge In Eastern Ukraine Fighting

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 11:25 am

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There is a rare pause in the fighting in eastern Ukraine this morning. Separatists supported by Russia and Ukrainian troops have agreed to allow civilians to leave Debaltseve, a small city being fought over with tanks and heavy artillery.

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Europe
4:35 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Kerry Visits Kiev To Show Support For Beleaguered Ukrainian Government

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:23 pm

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Latin America
4:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 7:22 pm

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Latin America
6:16 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senators Work To Open Up Travel For Americans To Cuba

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:39 pm

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Africa
8:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Kerry Urges Nigeria To Hold Credible Elections In Face Of Violence

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 1:03 pm

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Politics
5:07 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:20 pm

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