Tamara Keith

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Tamara Dawnell Keith
Born (1979-09-25) September 25, 1979 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA, MJ)
Spouse(s)Ira Gordon

Tamara Dawnell Keith (born September 25, 1979[1]) is a NPR White House Correspondent and co-host, with Scott Detrow, of the NPR Politics Podcast,[2] joining as a business reporter in 2009.[3] In addition to business and economics, she has covered a range of other major news events, including the earthquake in Haiti.[3] She also hosted “B-side Radio", a 72-episode public radio podcast, from 2001 until 2010.[4] Keith also regularly appears on the PBS NewsHour weekly segment Politics Monday. She is on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association [5]

Keith, in 2007, received first-place in the category "Outstanding Story, Radio" for "Overcrowded Prisons' Wastewater Poses Environmental Hazard (Mule Creek Prison)" on The California Report from the Society of Environmental Journalists in the sixth annual contest.[6]


Keith was raised Methodist.[7] Her family moved to Hanford, California, when she was eight years old, where she grew up. She started in radio as a "teen essayist" for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.[3] She graduated from high school early, received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley in three years, and enrolled at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at age 19.[8] Keith has a graduate degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.[3] She has worked for KQED,[3] WOSU-FM,[3] and KPCC.[3]

Keith's husband, Ira Gordon, is a cancer researcher and veterinarian.[3] She is a convert to Judaism, the religion of her husband.[7]


  1. ^ "Tamara Dawnell Keith, Born 09/25/1979 in California". californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ "NPR Politics Podcast". npr.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tamara Keith". NPR.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ "B-Side Radio". bsideradio.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  5. ^ https://whca.press/about/officers/
  6. ^ "Winners: SEJ 6th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment". Jenkintown, PA: Society of Environmental Journalists. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  7. ^ a b Keith, Tamara (December 10, 2007). "A Recipe for Latke Failure". NPR. When I was converting to Judaism, my rabbi strongly recommended that I buy some cookbooks. It seems part of learning to be Jewish was learning to cook Jewish foods. Growing up Methodist in a small town, my first introduction to latkes was in college after I met my boyfriend, Ira
  8. ^ St. John, Kelly (20 July 2003). "15 Under 30 / These Bay Area 20-somethings are movin' and shakin'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2011.

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