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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7:48am

Sun June 14, 2015
Politics

Clinton Picks A Park With No Ceiling, Glass Or Otherwise, For Launch

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:08 am

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2:28pm

Fri June 5, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRReads: Two Views Of Kids And Parents, And Clinton's 'Mook Mafia'

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his daughter Riley attend a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Curry should be seen as a role model, pundits say.
Ben Margot AP

#NPRreads is a new feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you five reads.

From Juana Summers, who covers Congress:

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5:24am

Fri June 5, 2015
Politics

As Campaign Ramps Up, Clinton Courts Obama Coalition Voters

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:58 am

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4:42pm

Thu June 4, 2015
It's All Politics

Returning To Roots, Clinton Lays Out Proposal To Expand Voting

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 5:36 pm

Hillary Clinton speaking at Texas Southern University Thursday.
Pat Sullivan AP

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. E.T.

Hillary Clinton called for universal, automatic voter registration Thursday, saying "every young man or young woman should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18" unless they choose to opt out.

She also called on all states to offer at least 20 days of early voting, to give as many people as possible a chance to cast ballots.

Speaking at Texas Southern University to receive a leadership award, Clinton blasted states, including Texas and Wisconsin that have reduced early voting in recent years.

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8:03am

Sun May 31, 2015
Remembrances

Vice President's Son, Beau Biden, Dies of Brain Cancer

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 12:12 pm

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The oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden has died of brain cancer. Beau Biden was 46 years old. He recently finished two terms as the attorney general of Delaware. NPR White House correspondent Tamera Keith reports.

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7:54am

Fri May 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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4:47pm

Thu May 28, 2015
It's All Politics

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnum Center in Manchester, N.H. earlier this month.
Jim Cole AP

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

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10:11pm

Thu May 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:17 am

Former President Bill Clinton speaks earlier this month at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, sponsored by the Clinton Foundation.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton brought in millions of dollars for their charitable foundation through paid speeches. They gave the honorarium to the organization. This is the latest release of information about the foundation's funding, as a result of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Last week, the campaign filed a financial disclosure showing that since January of 2014, Bill and Hillary Clinton made more than $25 million dollars in paid speeches. Thursday's release from the Clinton Foundation begins to complete the picture.

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5:28pm

Wed May 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 8:40 pm

Karla Rodriguez and her family: Evelia Beltran (from left), Aileen Orozco, Cesar Orozco, Karla Rodriguez, Evelyn Orozco, Brandon Orozco and Brenda Orozco.
Courtesy of Karla Rodriguez

Six months ago, when President Obama announced sweeping and polarizing executive actions on immigration, immigrant families all over the country were watching his rare prime-time address.

But those actions have now fallen out of the headlines and the highest-profile changes are on hold.

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4:30pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Politics

State Department To Release Hillary Clinton Emails By January 2016

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:06 pm

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