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Melissa Block 2016
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Melissa Block

Special Correspondent and Host

As special correspondent, Melissa Block produces richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as stories and series on the critical issues of our day. Her reporting spans both domestic and international news. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs, and develops podcasts based on her reporting.

Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR's future. No one exemplifies that blend better than Block. As listeners well know, she has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind. It is why she has earned such a devoted following throughout her 30-year career at NPR.

As co-host of All Things Considered from 2003 to 2015, Block's reporting took her everywhere from the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the heart of Rio de Janeiro; from rural Mozambique to the farthest reaches of Alaska. Her riveting reporting from Sichuan, China, during and after the massive earthquake there in 2008 helped earn NPR broadcast journalism's top honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Block began at NPR in 1985 as an editorial assistant for All Things Considered and rose to become senior producer. From 1994 to 2002, she was a New York reporter and correspondent. Her reporting after the attacks of September 11, 2001, helped earn NPR a Peabody Award.

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Sharon Day-Monroe competes in the 100-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon at the U.S. Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., in 2015. She competes in the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend as she tries to make her third consecutive Olympic team. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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For Heptathlete Sharon Day-Monroe, It's 7 Events With Just One Goal

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Vashti Cunningham, 18, practices the high jump at the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Sheila Tarr Track on June 21. She set a world junior record in March and is expected to make the U.S. Olympic team this weekend. Bridget Bennett for NPR hide caption

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A Gifted High Jumper Gets Set To Leap Onto The World Stage

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Jason Pryor is the only U.S. men's epee fencer competing at the Olympics in Rio. He is currently ranked 38th in the world. Adrienne Grunwald for NPR hide caption

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'A Fantasy Of A Fantasy': U.S. Fencer Jason Pryor On Reaching The Olympics

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Trinity Church archivist Anne Petrimoulx stands in front of Alexander Hamilton's grave in New York City. The site has seen a surge in visitors following the popular Broadway musical, Hamilton. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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'Hamilton' Fans Pilgrimage To Founding Father's Once-Forgotten Grave

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Will Russian Athletes Be Barred From Rio's Summer Olympics?

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Nashville Singer-Songwriter Guy Clark Dies At 74

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Dirk van der Maelen, a Social Democratic member of Belgium's Federal Parliament, defends the country's motto, seen here: "Unity makes strength." He think Belgium needs to remain unified, now more than ever. But there are also renewed calls for the country to split into two. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Belgium Terrorist Attacks Prompt A Renewed Sectarian Debate

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Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside the Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Tuesday. The airport has been closed since the March 22 suicide bombing, and there's still no date for reopening it. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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A Week Later, No Word On When Brussels Will Reopen The Airport

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In the wake of the Brussels bombings, Belgians are visiting a makeshift memorial in the heart of the city and raising flags of countries around the world. In a country known for its divisions, some Belgians say the traumatic events has united them in ways they didn't expect. Melissa Block / NPR hide caption

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In Divided Belgium, Some Find That Trauma Unites Them

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ISIS Recruiters Feed On Working-Class, Heavily Muslim Molenbeek

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Protesters Disrupt Planned Brussels Vigil

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Hillary Clinton held her primary night event on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mychal Watts/WireImage hide caption

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Think Twice Before Telling A Woman To Smile

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Nikko Adam, 22, gets a hug from his mother, Patti Trabosh, after his family picked him up from his sober living facility for a weekend outing. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive

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