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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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An opening in the border wall for cattle to move from Mexico to the States. Arizona has just three cattle ports along its entire border. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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When The Border Is Just Next Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

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Scenes from inside greenhouse No. 2 at Wholesum Farms Sonora. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Amid Talk Of Tariffs, What Happens To Companies That Straddle The Border?

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(Top) In downtown Hamtramck, teenagers hang out in Pope Park, which commemorates the Polish Pope John Paul II's visit to the city in 1987. (Bottom left) Co-owner Jamal Jawany poses for a portrait at Delite Cafe and Deli. (Bottom right) Ezzi Jawany, 74, waits for his order at his son's deli, Delite Cafe. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Hamtramck, Mich.: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

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Sally Chow shares a meal with friends and family in her home in Clarksdale, Miss., Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese

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(Top) Howdy Holmes talks with employee Sandy Parker on the factory floor. Parker started working at Jiffy when she was 24 years old, nearly 38 years ago. (Bottom left) Historical photos line the walls of the factory entrance. (Bottom right) Employee lockers. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

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(From left) Rolando Herts, ‎director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University, Annyce P. Campbell, 92, and Eulah Peterson, 68, both from Mound Bayou, Miss. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Here's What's Become Of A Historic All-Black Town In The Mississippi Delta

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Red Paden in his juke joint in Clarksdale, Miss. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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A Night At Red's Juke Joint In The Mississippi Delta Is A True Blues Experience

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John Ruskey, owner of Quapaw Canoeing Company in Clarksdale, Miss., paddling down the mighty Mississippi River. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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River Guide Wants People To Paddle The Mighty Mississippi, Not Fear It

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Terrence Johnson, a junior at the University of Mississippi, poses for a portrait outside his apartment in Oxford, Miss. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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A Student's Perspective On Mississippi: Beautiful, Engulfing And Sometimes Enraging

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Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Miss. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

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Kress checks the pigs for signs of weakness or respiratory distress. "[We] try to make eye contact with every animal, every day," he says. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Pig Farming In Iowa Means Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

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A family from California visits the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Harry Truman Still Casts A Long Shadow In Independence, Missouri

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Big Brutus is the world's largest electric shovel. It stands 16 stories high amid the fields of rural southeast Kansas. The coal strip mine it helped clear of rock and dirt has long been shut down, and Brutus has been turned into a museum. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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'Big Brutus,' World's Largest Electric Shovel, Turned Into Museum

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Cheerleaders encourage the Independence Community College Pirates as they play the Coffeyville Red Ravens in Kansas. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

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The Rahimov family at home. Erkin and Limara with their two sons, Rasool, 7, and Murad, 16. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Uzbek Family Starts A New Chapter In Its American Journey

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