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Mary Louise Kelly

Co-Host of NPR's "All Things Considered" & Author

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Mary Louise Kelly is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR’s flagship evening newsmagazine. She has reported from around the world, including North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mary Louise’s memoir, It.Goes.So.Fast, is forthcoming in 2023 from Henry Holt & Company.

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Mary Louise Kelly is a co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine.

Previously, she spent a decade as national security correspondent for NPR News, and she's kept that focus in her role as anchor. That's meant taking All Things Considered to Russia, North Korea, and beyond (including live coverage from Helsinki, for the infamous Trump-Putin summit). Her past reporting has tracked the CIA and other spy agencies, terrorism, wars, and rising nuclear powers. Kelly's assignments have found her deep in interviews at the Khyber Pass, at mosques in Hamburg, and in grimy Belfast bars.

Kelly's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, and other publications. She has lectured at Harvard and Stanford and taught a course on national security and journalism at Georgetown University. In addition to her NPR work, Kelly serves as a contributing editor at The Atlantic, moderating newsmaker interviews at forums from Aspen to Abu Dhabi.

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  • "We are fans of Mary Louise Kelly! Not surprising given her years of success as a journalist but she really upped our game. Sometimes we use local moderators, but it just doesn’t measure up with someone of the quality level of Mary Louise. We may be changing our approach with that going forward. She’s wonderful!" _Lisa Hinson, Hinson Ltd Public Relations

  • "Mary Louise was even gracious with our donors and sponsors, which is so important to us. We would love to bring her back!" –Craig Mohre, President of New Albany Community Foundation