Doby Photography/NPR
Elizabeth Blair 2010
Doby Photography/NPR

Elizabeth Blair

Senior Producer/Reporter, Arts Desk

Elizabeth Blair is a Peabody Award winning, Senior Producer/Reporter on the Arts Desk of NPR News.

On a daily basis, she produces, edits and reports arts and cultural segments that air on NPR News magazines including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her recent stories explored the rise of public humiliation in popular culture, consumers' changing media habits and the intersection of the arts and education.

In this position that she has held since 2003, Blair's varied work has included profiles of actor Neil Patrick Harris, rapper K'Naan, and the band Pearl Jam. She has written and produced long-form documentaries on such cultural icons as Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday. Blair oversaw the production of some of NPR's most popular special projects including "50 Great Voices," the NPR series on awe-inspiring voices from around the world and across time in, and the "In Character" series which explored famous American fictional characters.

Over the years, Blair has received several honors for her work including two Peabody Awards and a Gracie.

For three and a half years, Blair lived in Paris, France, where she co-produced Le Jazz Club From Paris with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the monthly magazine Postcard From Paris.

[+] read more[-] less

Al Pacino, James Taylor And The Eagles Are Honored At The Kennedy Center

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504395542/504395543" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

American artist Jeff Koons, left, American ambassador Jane Dorothy Hartley and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo unveil illustrations of Bouquet of Tulips 2016, a 34-foot statue Koons is presenting to the city of Paris and the people of France as a symbol of friendship. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Michel Euler/AP

Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503867260/504101049" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

How Past Presidents Approached Time-Honored Tradition Of Political Satire

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503052588/503052591" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Composing An Otherworldly And Intimate Soundtrack To 'Arrival'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/501935990/501935991" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Trolls Smidge and Poppy sing together in the new film Trolls. DreamWorks Animation hide caption

toggle caption
DreamWorks Animation

Beware The Hair: Trolls Hit The Big Screen — And Bring Scrapbooks With Them

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/500750170/500810549" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Desmond Doss joined the Army as a combat medic because he believed in the cause of World War II. But as a Seventh-day Adventist, he had also vowed not to kill. Department of Defense/National Archives hide caption

toggle caption
Department of Defense/National Archives

The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/500548745/500634470" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray Accepts Nation's Top Humor Award

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499121043/499121044" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Rod Temperton at an event in Italy in 2004. The songwriter penned several megahits of the 1970s and '80s, most notably for Michael Jackson. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

'Thriller' Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies At 66

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496754975/496754976" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Atwood says that her artistic side was always nurtured, particularly by her two grandmothers. Above are Atwood's sketches for characters from the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Warren Holder/20th Century Fox hide caption

toggle caption
Warren Holder/20th Century Fox

Colleen Atwood: To Design The Costume, Understand The Character

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496119928/496119929" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Curious George — who was originally named Fifi — turns 75 this year. Despite some dated themes (we're looking at you, Man with the Yellow Hat) George is now a multimillion-dollar franchise. Margaret Rey says she and her husband had no idea what Curious George would become. "We loved monkeys and just wrote a book about a monkey," she said. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

toggle caption
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/495650014/495817050" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Charmian Carr, Who Played Liesl In 'The Sound Of Music,' Dies At 73

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/494619430/494619431" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Rybczynski believes the oldest kind of chair was not a throne, but a folding chair. Witold Rybczynski hide caption

toggle caption
Witold Rybczynski

Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492090626/492516980" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

French designer Sonia Rykiel (right) and her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, artistic director for the fashion house Rykiel, greet the crowd after the presentation of their Spring-Summer 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection, in Paris in 2007. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jacques Brinon/AP

The Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building first opened to the public in October 1881, though back then it was known as the U.S. National Museum. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Ariel Zambelich/NPR