Mary Louise Kelly

Mary Louise Kelly is a guest host for NPR's news and talk programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday.

In 2004, Kelly launched NPR's intelligence beat, covering wars and terrorism. She reported regularly on spy agencies such as the CIA and the National Security Agency, and the policy-makers that oversee them, including the Senate and House intelligence committees. She also tracked threats to national security from terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaeda and others, and rising nuclear powers.

As part of the national security team, she traveled extensively to investigate and report on a range of foreign policy and military issues. Kelly chronicled the Obama administration's tactics and strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kelly's first assignment at NPR was senior editor of NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

A Georgia native, Kelly's first job as a local political reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution began her journalism career. In 1996, she made the leap to broadcasting, joining the team that launched Public Radio International's The World. The following year Kelly moved to London to work as a producer for CNN and as a senior producer, host, and foreign correspondent for the BBC World Service. Over the years, her assignments have taken her around the world: to the Afghan-Pakistan border, to mosques in Hamburg, to refugee camps during the Kosovo conflict, to the peace talks that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland and to the Iraqi desert.

Kelly graduated from Harvard University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in government and French history and literature. Two years later, she completed a master's degree in European Studies at Cambridge University in England.

Currently, Kelly teaches national security and journalism classes at Georgetown University. And after so many years on the spy beat, she decided it was time to write a spy thriller of her own. Her first novel - The Scoop - is anticipated to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.

Osama Bin Laden Dead
11:01 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Bin Laden: From millionaire's son to most-wanted

In this 1998 file photo made available in March 2004, Osama bin Laden speaks to journalists in Khost, Afghanistan. On Sunday, U.S. President Obama announced that bin Laden is dead.
Mazhar Ali Khan AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:54 am

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Obama said Sunday. Bin Laden was 54.

A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

Details about bin Laden's death are still emerging. But his life ran a fascinating trajectory: from the pampered son of a Saudi millionaire to the world's most-wanted terrorist.

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