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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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Frances Kolarek turns 99 next week. She was born three years before women won the right to vote. This election she cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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View From Nearly 99: Frances Kolarek Reflects On Politics And Change

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A lighthouse built in 1858 stands on Loggerhead Key, Fla., an uninhabited tropical island. Artists Paula Sprenger and Carter McCormick participated in a monthlong artist residency here. Courtesy of Paula Sprenger and Carter McCormick hide caption

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Monthlong Residency At A Remote National Park

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Surge Of Cuban Migrants Arrive On U.S. Shores

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Surge Of Cuban Migrants Arrive On U.S. Shores

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Cuban migrants Arnalbis Rogel (left) and Modesto Morales arrived on a boat in Florida on Sept. 7. Morales was the navigator. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

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American Margaux Isaksen smiles during the women's fencing in the Modern Pentathlon on Aug. 19 at the Rio Olympics. She finished fourth in London in 2012 and 20th in Rio. "It makes you feel sort of worthless," Isaksen says of her performance. She calls this current period a "post-Olympic depression." Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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After Going For Gold, Athletes Can Feel The Post-Olympic Blues

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USA's Claressa Shields (left) fights against Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Second Gold, Boxer Claressa Shields Looks Ahead To What's Next

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A Farewell From Rio, Where The 2016 Games Are Set To Wrap Up

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Brazil Men's Soccer Redeem Loss To Germany For Olympic Gold In Penalty Kick Shootout

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Gabriella Szucs of Hungary battles with Courtney Mathewson of the U.S. during the women's water polo semifinal match on Wednesday. The U.S. won, 14-10, to advance to the gold medal game against Italy on Friday. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Women Look To Defend Gold In Water Polo On Friday

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U.S. Sisters To Compete For Gold In Women's Water Polo

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Norway's Veronica Kristiansen is challenged by Sweden's Angelica Wallen (left) as she tries to score during the women's quarterfinal handball match between Norway and Sweden on Tuesday. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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In The Summer Games, Norway Rallies Around Its Women's Handball Team

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The Art Of Table Tennis: Tiny Details Matter A Lot

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South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the women's 800 meters in Rome on June 2. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sensitive Question Of Intersex Athletes

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