NPR: Mary Louise Kelly

Mary Louise Kelly is a guest host for NPR's news and talk programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday.

In 2004, Kelly launched NPR's intelligence beat, covering wars and terrorism. She reported regularly on spy agencies such as the CIA and the National Security Agency, and the policy-makers that oversee them, including the Senate and House intelligence committees. She also tracked threats to national security from terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaeda and others, and rising nuclear powers.

As part of the national security team, she traveled extensively to investigate and report on a range of foreign policy and military issues. Kelly chronicled the Obama administration's tactics and strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kelly's first assignment at NPR was senior editor of NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

A Georgia native, Kelly's first job as a local political reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution began her journalism career. In 1996, she made the leap to broadcasting, joining the team that launched Public Radio International's The World. The following year Kelly moved to London to work as a producer for CNN and as a senior producer, host, and foreign correspondent for the BBC World Service. Over the years, her assignments have taken her around the world: to the Afghan-Pakistan border, to mosques in Hamburg, to refugee camps during the Kosovo conflict, to the peace talks that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland and to the Iraqi desert.

Kelly graduated from Harvard University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in government and French history and literature. Two years later, she completed a master's degree in European Studies at Cambridge University in England.

Currently, Kelly teaches national security and journalism classes at Georgetown University. And after so many years on the spy beat, she decided it was time to write a spy thriller of her own. Her first novel - The Scoop - is anticipated to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.

Last night, the House of Representatives postponed a vote on its debt ceiling bill.

In Syria, army tanks have swept into the country's third largest city Homs. It's part of an assault on heavily populated residential neighborhoods. The army assault appears to mark an escalation of tactics to crush the protest movement in Homs.

Atlantis and its four crew members landed at the Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. Now that Atlantis has returned to Earth, there will be no more shuttle flights. The program is ending after 30 years.

Lawmakers in the House passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act Tuesday. The measure conditions a higher debt ceiling on a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. The largely symbolic vote was seen as a chance for the most conservative elements of the Republican majority to flex their muscles and show their commitment to a "no new taxes solution" to the federal deficit issue.

Rupert Murdoch, his son and the former head of his newspaper business in the United Kingdom are expected to appear before a parliamentary committee Tuesday. They are due to be questioned about the phone hacking-scandal at the News of The World.

Rebekah Brooks became the latest News Corp. executive to face criminal charges amid the ongoing phone-hacking scandal in Great Britain. Police arrested the former chief executive Sunday. The scandal has also cost Britain's top policeman his job.

The state government in Minnesota may be back in business soon. The state's Democratic governor and GOP leadership have agreed on a proposal that would raise $1.4 billion in new revenue. The government has been shut down for two weeks.

After days of intense negotiations, lawmakers appear no closer to a deal on raising the federal debt limit. After yet another meeting Thursday, President Obama encouraged congressional leaders to go back to their parties and gauge the rank-and-files' willingness to make a deal.

Police have told Prince Charles and his wife Camilla that the voicemail on their mobile phones was likely hacked by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. And former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his family's medical records were illegally obtained by another Murdoch tabloid. This all spells big trouble for the planned big expansion of Murdoch's News Corp. television holdings.

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Obama said Sunday. Bin Laden was 54.

A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

Details about bin Laden's death are still emerging. But his life ran a fascinating trajectory: from the pampered son of a Saudi millionaire to the world's most-wanted terrorist.