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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Politics
5:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont

In 1981, Bernie Sanders won a 10-vote victory over a Democratic incumbent to become mayor of Burlington, Vt.
Donna Light AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:42 am

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

How did a city kid, who grew up in a 3 1/2-room apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., end up the mayor of Burlington, Vt., and later one of the state's two senators? For Bernie Sanders, it began with a subway ride into Manhattan with his brother.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Growing Up In Protected Americana, Hillary Clinton Looked Outside The Cocoon

Hillary Clinton, featured in a high school yearbook with the student council.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:05 am

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Hillary Clinton's family moved to Park Ridge, Ill., in 1950 when she was a toddler. It's a quiet, upper middle-class suburb of Chicago — except for all the airplanes.

"Park Ridge is right under O'Hare [International Airport]," said Ernie Rickets, who grew up with Clinton. "It's in the final approach"

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Politics
6:02 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Bernie Sanders 'Stunned' By Large Crowds Showing Up For Him

Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a large crowd when he launched his campaign last month in Burlington, Vt., and the crowds have continued.
Andy Duback AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 1:25 am

When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage at Drake University in Des Moines Friday night, he got a standing ovation. The auditorium holds 700 people and it was packed, including the balcony.

The Democratic presidential candidate is doing something on the campaign trail even he didn't expect — drawing large crowds in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond.

"If you were to ask me a couple of months ago whether we would have larger crowds than any other candidate out there, I would not have told you that that would be the case," he said recently.

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Politics
7:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

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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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

#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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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

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

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

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

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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It's All Politics
5:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

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

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

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

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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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

State Department To Release Hillary Clinton Emails By January 2016

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

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Nevada GOP Aggressively Tries To Break Democrats' Lock On Latino Voters

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:42 pm

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It's All Politics
5:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Drone-Like Device Puts White House On Lockdown

This small unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted flying near the White House.
US Secret Service

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 6:54 pm

It's red and black and not much larger than a brick.

But the unmanned flying device, that looked more like a toy than a drone, was a big enough problem to put the White House, executive mansion and surrounding area on lock down for about an hour while it was checked out.

The small "unmanned aerial vehicle" was spotted flying 100 feet above Lafayette Park at lunchtime Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The park is right across the street from the White House.

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