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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5:37am

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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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.
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12:27pm

Wed July 1, 2015
It's All Politics

Clinton Announces $45 Million Fundraising Haul

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 1:39 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised $45 million, as of June 30, her campaign announced Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

Fundraising is often used as a proxy for the strength of a campaign, and Hillary Clinton's team wants everyone to know she's $45 million strong. Clinton is the first major candidate to announce their fundraising haul this cycle ahead of a midmonth reporting deadline.

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5:12pm

Tue June 30, 2015
It's All Politics

Does The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Clinton's Email Controversy Matter?

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:46 pm

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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The State Department is set to release about 3,000 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state on Tuesday. The release is part of the State Department's schedule to release a bundle of Clinton emails every month through Jan. 29, 2016.

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9:08am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:07 pm

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
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12:16pm

Thu June 25, 2015
News

Obama Addresses Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Subsidies

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12:17pm

Wed June 24, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton's 3-Word Misstep: 'All Lives Matter'

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:05 pm

Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo.
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This post was updated at 5 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to.

Clinton spoke to frequent applause about religion, racism, access to education, repairing communities and the shooting last week in Charleston, S.C.

The church where Clinton spoke, Christ the King United Church of Christ, is in Florissant, Mo., fewer than 5 miles from where the rioting and protesting happened in Ferguson.

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5:03am

Sat June 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont

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

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

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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5:13pm

Tue June 16, 2015
It's All Politics

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

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

Hillary Clinton, featured in a high school yearbook with the student council.
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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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5:37pm

Mon June 15, 2015
It's All Politics

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

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

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

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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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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