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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9:07am

Sat July 4, 2015
Parallels

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

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:33 am

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
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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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4:12pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Parallels

Of 4 Million Syrian Refugees, The U.S. Has Taken Fewer Than 1,000

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

Mohammad and Linda Jomaa al-Halabi, along with their five daughters, are among the fewer than 1,000 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the U.S. They left Syria in August 2012 and arrived last year in Baltimore, where they live now.
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Syria's civil war has uprooted millions of people, including 4 million who have fled their homeland. The U.S., a country that has always been a leader in refugee resettlement, has taken in fewer than 1,000 of them.

Now, the United Nations refugee agency is asking the U.S. and other wealthy countries to open their doors to the most vulnerable victims of the conflict that began in 2011.

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5:20pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Europe

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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7:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Middle East

U.N.-Led Yemen Peace Talks Are Set For June 14

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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2:59pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Parallels

Families Appeal To Congress, Call For Release Of Americans Held In Iran

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

Family members of Americans held or missing in Iran attend a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. From left: Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian; Nagameh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini; Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati; and Daniel Levinson, son of Robert Levinson.
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After hearing testimony from four families, U.S. lawmakers passed a resolution calling on Iran to release three jailed Americans and provide information about a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, the families say it's time for the U.S. to push hard on this issue.

Among those who spoke Tuesday before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was Daniel Levinson, son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

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6:32am

Tue June 2, 2015
Politics

U.S. House Calls On Iran To Release American Political Prisoners

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 8:05 am

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5:17am

Thu May 21, 2015
Latin America

U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:57 pm

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5:22pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Politics

White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:23 pm

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