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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.

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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Local Haines politics has gotten pretty intense lately. A group of Haines residents is trying to recall half of the borough assembly. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town

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During the cruise ship season, tourists flood the streets of Ketchikan. The borough of Ketchikan is home to about 13,000 people. In just one day, Ketchikan may see 13,000 cruise ship visitors. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

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Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It's the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside

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Salmon troller Eric Jordan alongside his fishing boat, the I Gotta, on the dock in Sitka, Alaska. Jordan, 67, has been a commercial fisherman all his life. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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In Alaska, A Salmon Fisherman Spends His Life On The Water

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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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