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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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
It's All Politics

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement are making sure the presidential candidates don't take their votes or their concerns for granted. The candidates are being confronted with activists who are responding to a string of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Democrats have traditionally won strong margins with black voters and that is unlikely to change in 2016. But in recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a stumbling block for the Democratic candidates.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Politics

From Hollywood To Des Moines, In Search Of Political Action

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Politics

Five Candidates, One Stage: Democrats Deliver Their 2016 Pitches

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 5:23 pm

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4:26pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Politics

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Tout Small Donors; Here's The Math

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 2:49 pm

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5:08am

Wed July 15, 2015
National Security

Obama Sees Long Legacy For Iran Deal; GOP's 2016 Candidates Want It Gone

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:11 pm

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5:01pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Politics

Clinton Unveils Economic Plan Focusing On Middle Class

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm

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5:11pm

Thu July 9, 2015
It's All Politics

How To Take A Picture-Perfect Presidential Candidate Selfie

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 10:35 am

Gray Barrett (right) took this selfie with Rand Paul in Washington, D.C., this summer. "Though I'm not a Rand Paul supporter, I couldn't pass up this opportunity!" he said.
Courtesy Gray Barrett

"Pics or it didn't happen" is a common refrain these days. You can't just experience life. You have to document it. And so, when fans line up to shake hands with a presidential candidate, that handshake often really isn't enough. It's all about the selfie — a self-portrait shot from a cellphone. And candidates are being deluged with selfie seekers on the trail.

Selfies are "a part of American culture" and, for candidates, taking them has to be part of a broader digital campaign strategy, said Brian Donahue, founder and CEO of Craft Media Digital, a political communications firm.

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2:28pm

Wed July 8, 2015
It's All Politics

Playlist: Campaign Songs That Made Musicians Mad

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:14 pm

Bruce Springsteen has complained that his song "Born in the USA" has been played or quoted by Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and Ronald Reagan. Springsteen performed at campaign events for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

This campaign season, it was Donald Trump playing "Rockin' in the Free World" at his presidential announcement. Singer Neil Young was not happy.

But before Trump, there was "Dole Man," "Sarah Barracuda" and many other attempts by candidates to use popular songs, only to make musicians mad.

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5:01am

Wed July 8, 2015
Politics

Clinton Acknowledges Competitive Race As Sanders Gains Momentum

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:12 pm

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5:46am

Sun July 5, 2015
It's All Politics

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:44 am

Republican presidential candidate and TV personality Donald Trump arrives by escalator to the tune of "Rockin' in the Free World." Musician Neil Young did not approve of his song choice.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

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