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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5:56pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Middle East

As Iran Awaits Sanctions Relief, U.S. Raises Concerns About Lost Leverage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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4:21pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Parallels

U.S.-Cuba Ties Are Restored, But Most American Tourists Will Have To Wait

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:36 pm

American tourists, like these visitors taking a guided tour in May, still have to provide one of 12 authorized reasons — such as visiting family or engaging in humanitarian work — for travel to Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies — but it's not yet open season for American tourists hoping to visit the island. The U.S. embargo on travel and business means you still have to have a valid reason to go — and that doesn't include sitting on the beach and drinking mojitos.

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4:33pm

Mon July 20, 2015
U.S.

Cuban Embassy Reopens In Washington, D.C., After More Than 50 Years

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:17 pm

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After more than half a century, the U.S. and Cuba have resumed diplomatic ties.

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JOHN KERRY: So it's an historic day, a day for removing barriers.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Parallels

Nuke Inspectors Gear Up For Iran, But Americans Unlikely To Be Included

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 11:48 pm

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts a uranium enrichment connection at Iran's Natanz facility, 200 miles south of Tehran, in 2014. This week's nuclear deal gives the IAEA up to 150 inspectors to monitor Iran for compliance.
Kazem Ghane AP

The International Atomic Energy Agency has the big job of making sure Iran complies with the landmark nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna.

So how will the IAEA go about this? How many inspectors will they have? How many will be Americans?

Thomas Shea, who spent more than two decades as an IAEA inspector, says Iran does not accept any American inspectors today. He recently told the Atlantic Council that he hopes that will change.

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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
World

U.N. Security Council Prepares To Implement Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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Exhausted negotiators reached a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, and now the sales pitches begin in Washington and Tehran. President Obama framed this as a choice between war and peace.

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4:30pm

Wed July 8, 2015
Politics

Russia Vetoes U.N. Proposal To Call Srebrenica 'Genocide'

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

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4:42am

Wed July 8, 2015
Parallels

The Spotlight On Darfur Is Gone, But Not The Abuses

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:34 am

A woman and her daughter walk at the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced people in North Darfur, Sudan, in June 2014. The U.S. and other countries have said that Sudan is committing genocide in Darfur, and the United Nations has an ongoing peacekeeping program. But many in the region still live in fear and misery.
Albert Gonzalez Farran AP

When U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2004 labeled Darfur, Sudan, as this century's first genocide, it was seen as a key test for how well the world could come together to stop mass atrocities.

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9:07am

Sat July 4, 2015
Parallels

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:42 pm

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
Desmond Boylan AP

When Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Havana to raise a flag over the soon to be reopened embassy this summer, it won't be just an important symbolic moment.

The administration says the U.S. will be able to station more American personnel in Cuba, and that should be a big help in practical terms as more Americans travel to and trade with the Cold War-era foe.

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4:39pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Politics

U.S., Cuba To Reopen Embassies In Step Toward Normal Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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4:26pm

Thu June 18, 2015
World

60 Million People Displaced By World Conflicts, U.N. Refugee Agency Says

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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