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NPR’s Congressional reporter Tamara Keith stops by KPCC to talk politics

Tamara Keith, NPR's Congressional Reporter.
Tamara Keith, NPR's Congressional Reporter.
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They say you can’t go home again. Fortunately, in the case of reporter Tamara Keith, that’s not the case. Not too long ago, Keith was KPCC’s Sacramento reporter. Now, she’s covering all things political as NPR’s Congressional Reporter.

Since joining NPR in 2009, Keith has reported on topics spanning from business and debt ceiling battles to the latest in policy debates, legal issues and technology trends. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, Keith began her career in public radio with member station KQED’s California Report covering topics from agriculture to the environment. Keith then parlayed that experience into what would become her forte, covering politics and elections at NPR member station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.

Staying on track with the political beat, Keith joined us here at KPCC, opening the State Capitol bureau, before heading back north to KQED where she reported on Sacramento for two years. Since 2001, Keith has also hosted, produced and distributed her pet project B-Side Radio, a public radio show and podcast she co-founded.

Before all that, Keith was a childhood actor and model, who was listed as one of the Bay Area’s 15 Under 30 who were making a name for themselves by the San Francisco Chronicle. Since Keith’s in town for some public radio schmoozing, we decided to pull her back into our own studios for an update on all things D.C.


Tamara Keith, NPR’s Congressional Reporter on the Washington Desk