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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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.
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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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8:10am

Sun March 8, 2015
Politics

GOP Hopefuls Do A Balancing Act At Ag Summit

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 1:08 pm

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6:03am

Tue February 24, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: If You've Got 2016 Winners Penciled In, Think Again

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:28 am

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

With that, here's one from NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith:

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1:35pm

Tue February 10, 2015
The Two-Way

White House Seeking Support Of Congress In Fight Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 1:39 am

The White House is expected to send Congress language this week which if passed would authorize military action against the militant group ISIS, action that has been underway since last summer.

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4:32am

Tue February 10, 2015
Politics

In Likely Democratic Primary, Who's Joining Hillary Clinton?

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:22 pm

Democratic Party possibilities for 2016 (clockwise from top left): former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.
Ethan Miller, Mandel Ngan, Patrick Smith, Mark Wilson, Chip Somodevilla (2) Getty Images

There may not be any officially declared candidates for president yet, but prominent Republicans from Jeb Bush to Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are making big speeches and jostling for consultants and donors. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton may not formally announce whether she is running for months. But any number of polls would indicate, without even declaring, she has a lock on the Democratic nomination.

Which got me thinking — who are the other potential Democratic candidates?

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4:48pm

Mon February 9, 2015
World

Obama, Merkel Downplay Disagreement Over Ukraine Aid

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

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4:29pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Politics

Like Groundhog Day, There's A Routine To White House Budget Debut

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:42 pm

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5:24pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Politics

U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:00 am

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5:07pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Politics

Obama Takes His State Of The Union Messages To YouTube

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:28 pm

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4:11am

Tue January 20, 2015
Economy

Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:58 pm

When Ed Neufeldt introduced President Obama in 2009, Elkhart, Ind. had the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the country, close to 20 percent. The county's job numbers have recovered, but Neufeldt's now working three part-time jobs.
Tamara Keith NPR

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt became the face of the unemployed worker.

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9:05am

Sun January 18, 2015
Politics

Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:05 am

President Obama used the word "crisis" 11 times when he addressed a joint session of Congress in 2009. Since then, he's had a hard time hitting the right note when talking about the economy.
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When you're president of the United States, what you say about the economy matters, because it isn't just about numbers and widgets; It's about people's lives and hopes. The health of the economy is intertwined with the national psyche.

On Tuesday, when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, he will talk about the economy, something that in the past he's struggled to describe in a way that resonated with the American people.

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4:19pm

Fri January 2, 2015
Politics

Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:23 pm

Former lawmaker Ben Franklin keeps his eye out for Congress' newest class, due to start work on Capitol Hill next week.
Alex Brandon AP

In politics, conventional wisdom can have a certain power. But, sometimes the obviously true thing isn't so true upon inspection.

The new Republican Congress hits Capitol Hill next week, but the latest round of that wisdom seems to have already been established — from how it's going to work to its relationship with President Obama. Here's a look at 2 1/2 pieces of that wisdom.

1. Republicans are going to have to show they can govern.

At this point, it's been said so many times it's become an established Washington truth.

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4:13am

Tue December 30, 2014
Politics

The Fleeting Obsessions Of The White House Press Corps

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 6:16 pm

White House press secretary Josh Earnest takes questions from the press during a daily briefing in December.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

If you didn't like the news on any given week of 2014, you were mostly in luck. You could just wait a few days until the press moved on.

This was my first full year in the White House press briefing room, sitting in often on the daily briefings. In that time, I noticed a certain attention deficit disorder when it came to the issue of the day.

In 20 seconds, here is 2014 in the White House press briefing room:

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7:47am

Sat December 20, 2014
U.S.

Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:33 am

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Around the Nation

In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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4:27pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Politics

Obama Takes Sales Pitch For Immigration Action On The Road

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:36 pm

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9:04pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Politics

President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:03 pm

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.

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7:14am

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:48 pm

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot.

"I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in.

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3:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
Politics

Clay Aiken: An American Idol On The Campaign Trail In North Carolina

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:47 pm

Clay Aiken hugs a supporter during an election night watch party May 6 in Holly Springs, N.C. Aiken went on to win the primary by fewer than 400 votes.
Gerry Broome AP

In just one night, in 2003, Clay Aiken got 12 million votes.

That wasn't quite enough to win American Idol's second season, but his soaring vocals won him a record contract and legions of fans known as "Claymates."

Now, he needs far fewer votes — maybe 200,000 — to win a congressional seat representing the rural center of North Carolina. The odds are against him. Aiken is a Democrat in a district where the Republican incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers won by 15 percentage points two years ago.

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4:52pm

Tue October 14, 2014
Politics

Pizza Man Delivers Third-Party Option

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:15 pm

North Carolina Libertarian Senate candidate Sean Haugh (center), Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican candidate Thom Tillis attend a debate on Oct. 9. Haugh's tie features a cartoon cat. He says his mom gave it to him.
Gerry Broome AP

He delivers pizza by night and runs for U.S. Senate by day. Sean Haugh, the Libertarian running for Senate in North Carolina, is among a dozen independent and third-party candidates nationwide who could shake up tight races for Senate and governor.

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5:29pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Politics

Democrats, Republicans Pitch Old Ideas In New Packaging

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:15 pm

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5:02am

Thu October 2, 2014
National Security

Amid Scandal, Secret Service Director Resigns

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 8:16 am

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5:10am

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics

In New York's North Country, The Republican Party's New Poster Candidate

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 1:11 pm

Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik, 30, says her generation "can't just complain about the problems — we have to help solve them as well, because we're ultimately inheriting them."
Mike Groll AP

If the Republican Party were to hang up a wanted sign for the new face of the party, the kind of person they need to help them connect with voters they've had a hard time reaching, Elise Stefanik may just be the person they'd find. She describes herself as a "big tent Republican," and House Speaker John Boehner recently held a fundraiser for her.

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1:20pm

Tue September 23, 2014
U.S.

Obama Emphasizes Coalition In Comments On Syrian Strikes

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6:08pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics

Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:57 pm

In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
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At the Democratic party's annual Women's Leadership Forum Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a message that could have come straight from the script being used by Democratic candidates all over the country.

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5:20pm

Wed September 17, 2014
U.S.

House Approves Bill To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:03 pm

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5:11pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 9:43 am

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins receives the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House. He describes the battle that earned him the medal as the toughest he saw in three tours of duty in Vietnam.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, to two soldiers who served in Vietnam: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, who survived a harrowing battle and 18 body wounds; and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, whose dying act saved his fellow soldiers.

In January 1970, President Obama said Monday, Sloat was on patrol with his squad in Vietnam.

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10:13am

Sat September 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 3:47 pm

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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