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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5:26pm

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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5:14pm

Thu May 14, 2015
It's All Politics

Drone-Like Device Puts White House On Lockdown

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

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

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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5:01am

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

The 13 Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered From The Press

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:21 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tours a lab during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute in April.
Jim Cole AP

There is always a tension between the press and the candidates they cover. Journalists want access, and want to ask questions. Campaigns want to control the message. Over time, that has especially been true with Hillary Clinton.

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10:32am

Sat May 9, 2015
It's All Politics

Las Vegas High School Has A Proud History Of Political Involvement

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

Students at Rancho High School wait for Hillary Clinton to visit last week. The school is 70 percent Hispanic, and two-thirds of students are economically disadvantaged, but it has a proud history of political involvement.
John Locher AP

When Hillary Clinton's campaign was looking for a place for her to make an announcement this week about immigration policy, it chose Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Clinton visited this school in 2007, when she was running for president the first time. Barack Obama visited the campus twice during that campaign season. The backdrop wasn't a coincidence.

Rancho High School's population is 70 percent Hispanic, and it has a proud history of political involvement.

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4:34pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Politics

Clinton's Bold Immigration Plan Leaves Republicans Nearly Speechless

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:42 am

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11:03am

Wed May 6, 2015
It's All Politics

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:47 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday with DREAMers including Juan Salazar (second from right) and Astrid Silva (left). "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers — including many with us today — at risk of deportation," Clinton said.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

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1:53pm

Wed April 29, 2015
It's All Politics

2016 Race Collides With Baltimore Unrest

Clinton spoke at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University Wednesday.
Kevin Hagen Getty Images

With the fires out and much of the glass cleaned up in Baltimore, the "soul searching" as President Obama called it, has begun. For those hoping to become the next president of the United States, weighing in presents both an opportunity and a challenge.

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York Wednesday, the criminal justice system is "out of balance."

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5:03am

Fri April 24, 2015
It's All Politics

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 1:52 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing questions about money, access and influence while she was secretary of state.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call Hillary Clinton to testify next month, right around the time her campaign was reportedly going to shift into high gear with a mid-May campaign kickoff speech.

At the same time, a new book about the Clinton foundation is generating the kind of headlines and news coverage no presidential candidate wants to see.

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5:41am

Sat April 18, 2015
It's All Politics

The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:59 am

Reporters and campaign staffers rush to their cars to get to Hillary Clinton's first Iowa campaign stop.
Tamara Keith NPR

Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy. The unannounced meet-and-greet was happening at a small coffee shop 20 minutes away in Le Claire.

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3:29pm

Sun April 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton, Polarizing Or Misunderstood, Jumps Into Race For President

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 4:14 pm

Hillary Clinton has described herself as the most famous person you don't really know. And as she launches into her second presidential campaign, she'll be reintroducing herself to voters who largely think they have her figured out.
Mel Evans AP

Hillary Clinton officially launched the campaign everyone has been expecting for months — years, really. She's running for president and to finally break open that glass ceiling she famously said her last campaign put "18 million cracks" in.

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8:56am

Sat April 11, 2015
Commentary

From Pork To Onion Sandwiches: Secrets To Supersurvivors' Long Lives

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 11:05 am

Jeralean Talley addresses the congregation as her pastor, Reverend Dana Darby, holds the microphone for her during a celebration of her 115th birthday.
Rebecca Cook Reuters /Landov

Jeralean Talley is the world's oldest living person. She is 115 years old and inherited the title earlier this week from a 116-year-old Arkansas woman who died of pneumonia. She was preceded by a 117-year-old woman from Japan who died the week before. Death, it seems, is a hazard of being the oldest person in the world.

And in the case of those who outlast the rest and earn the title of most senior human, it is often a life well lived.

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5:03am

Sat April 11, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:44 pm

Hillary Clinton in June 1969 at the Rodham family home. She was featured in a Life magazine story called "The Class of '69."
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Many Americans have a pre-formed opinion of Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce her candidacy for president this weekend. Call it a blessing — or, simply, an inevitable effect — of being in the public eye for so long. But Clinton has long implied that the public perception of her is all wrong.

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10:57am

Fri April 10, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Expected To Go Small With Big Announcement

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 4:16 pm

Don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters to launch Hillary Clinton's campaign. For her second run at the presidency, she's out to prove she is taking nothing for granted.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

The long will-she-or-won't-she charade is nearly over. A source with knowledge of Hillary Clinton's campaign plans tells NPR's Mara Liasson she will announce on Sunday that she's running for president.

But don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters. For her second run at the presidency, the former secretary of state and first lady is going small. Think Starbucks doing small batch coffee roasts.

One of the biggest names in American politics is out to prove she's taking nothing for granted.

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4:56am

Mon March 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Is Ready To 'Stand Out' As A Female Candidate

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:30 pm

A cropped version of the original photo of Hillary Clinton on this page.
Kris Connor Getty Images

At the end of the grueling 2008 primary fight, Hillary Clinton gathered supporters in Washington, D.C., and delivered perhaps the most memorable line of her whole campaign.

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it," Clinton said to roaring applause.

It's a line, one could say, that began paving the way for her seemingly inevitable 2016 campaign.

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