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.



Fri June 24, 2011
National Security

Army Gen. Petreaus Would Retire To Head CIA

President Obama's nominee to head the CIA was on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing. The Senate Intelligence Committee asked Gen. David Petraeus about many things, including Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Petreaus also told the panel that to do the CIA job properly, he would retire from the Army.


Mon June 20, 2011

Soldier Killed In Iraq Predicted He Wouldn't Make It

Originally published on Mon June 20, 2011 11:40 am

Army Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck of Buena Park, Calif., poses for a photo on a rooftop during his tour of duty in Iraq.
Courtsey of Fishbeck's Family

For U.S. forces in Iraq, the mission — set to end this year — remains dangerous.

Three weeks ago Monday, five U.S. soldiers were killed when militants fired rockets into Camp Loyalty on the eastern side of Baghdad. It was the deadliest attack on American troops in Iraq in more than two years.

Christopher Fishbeck, 24, was among those killed.

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Mon June 13, 2011

After 40 Years, Pentagon Papers Declassified In Full

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 1:29 pm

The declassified Pentagon Papers released by the National Archives and the Nixon, Kennedy and Johnson Presidential Libraries.
Tamara Keith NPR

A.J. Daverede wheels a cart loaded with document boxes into his office at the National Archives.

"This is them," he says. "Eleven boxes constitute the entirety of the report of the Vietnam Task Force. You just start here: box one."

Forty years ago, on June 13, 1971, The New York Times published portions of these documents, better known as the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, for the first time, the government released all 7,000 pages of the report with no redactions.

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Tue June 7, 2011
National Security

U.S. Military Has New Threat: Health Care Costs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sought to raise rates on military health insurance paid by working-age retirees. This week, he spoke to troops at Forward Operating Base Walton in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
U.S. Navy Getty Images

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that pension and health care costs are eating the U.S. military alive. And the Pentagon predicts that the cost of taking care of its troops and retirees will keep growing.

Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro gets a lot of hate mail, because he's talking about something a whole lot of people don't want to hear about: the rising costs of military health and pension benefits.

"We in the Department of Defense are on the same path that General Motors found itself on," he says.

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Tue May 31, 2011

Arts-Funding Site Gets 'Kickstart' From Business Bids

David Jackson (left) and Dave Petrillo of Coffee Joulies brought in more than $300,000 using Kickstarter.
Paul Agus Courtesy of Coffee Joulies

The website Kickstarter has been around for two years now, helping artists, musicians and filmmakers fund their projects by getting lots of people to make small donations. Project that in the past had little hope of getting funding, suddenly have the cash they need. Recently, entrepreneurs have started using the site to launch new products, something the company's founders never imagined.

The Kickstarter formula is pretty simple and powerful. It starts with an idea, a specific project. Take X-Files: The Musical.

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