Tamara Keith

Tamara Keith joined NPR in 2009 as NPR's newest business reporter. Her coverage spans the business world, from the latest trends in housing and consumer spending to new developments in the ongoing financial crisis. In her work, Keith aspires to "make business stories relatable to all our listeners, not just those who read the Wall Street Journal." In early 2010, she was one of NPR's reporters on the ground in Haiti covering the aftermath of the country's disasterous earthquake.

Keith has covered the major stories of the global recession, including developments in housing and banking, as well as everyday business stories for national and local public radio news outlets. Over the course of her career, she has covered other major news events including wildfires in California and the coal ash spill in Tennessee.

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. After earning her a journalism graduate degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley (where it was reported she was the youngest person to ever enroll), she went to work for NPR station KQED's California Report, where she covered topics including agriculture and the environment. She then went east to WOSU-AM in Columbus, Ohio, where she reported on politics and the 2004 presidential campaign. Then it was back to her home state of California where she reported again for KQED and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. Tamara also refined her business reporting skills through work with American Public Media's Marketplace.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a first place trophy from the Society of Environmental Journalists for "Outstanding Story Radio."

In her spare time, she hosts and produces "B-Side Radio," an hour-long public radio magazine and podcast.

She is a recreational triathlete and half-marathon runner. Her husband is a cancer researcher and veterinarian.

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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 Mon July 6, 2015 9:17 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.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

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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5:03pm

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
Ethan Miller Getty Images

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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12:55pm

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.
Tamara Keith NPR

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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6:02pm

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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2:16pm

Fri June 5, 2015
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:28 pm

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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4:33pm

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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4:59pm

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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6:06pm

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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5:07am

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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11:26am

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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5:17am

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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3:50pm

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."
Lee Balterman The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images

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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5:05pm

Thu March 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton's Privacy Problem

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:21 pm

In April 1994, Hillary Clinton took questions from reporters for more than an hour as first lady. By that point, she had a reputation for not being particularly transparent and for not spending enough time addressing the national media.
Doug Mills AP

Controversy swirled. The press had questions, a lot of them. And so, finally, Hillary Clinton decided to address reporters.

"Well let me thank all of you for coming," she said, sitting on a low platform in the State Dining Room.

It was April 1994. The first lady wore pale pink and took questions for more than an hour about the Whitewater investigation, cattle futures, the suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster and which documents may have been removed from his office. Finally, there was the question of why she had let the scandals fester so long.

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3:58am

Mon March 9, 2015
It's All Politics

In Iowa, 2016 Has Begun — At Least For The Republican Party

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:07 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to members of the media during a two-day swing through Iowa that had all the trappings of a presidential campaign.
Charlie Neibergall AP

After five days spent driving around Iowa, meeting with political activists, consultants and regular voters, one thing is clear: the 2016 presidential campaign is on — at least on one side.

Nine GOP Men, One Stage, Six Hours

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