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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.

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Backing Musicians Do The Heavy Lifting On NBC's 'The Voice'

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

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Groban wears a fat suit and a scruffy beard in his role as the generous but miserable Pierre. Chad Batka/Courtesy of Matt Ross PR hide caption

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Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet'

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Gordon (left) teaches Telly how to control his jealousy with breathing exercises. Courtesy of Sesame Workshop hide caption

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When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees

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Corey Hawkins plays former U.S. Army Ranger Eric Carter in Fox's 24: Legacy. Guy D'Alema/FOX hide caption

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From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

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Actors Give Voice To Trump's Tweets

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Jo Lampert Takes On Joan Of Arc

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Raúl De Nieves' billboard-size Biennial contribution, beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end, is made from everyday material like tape, paper, glue and beads. Matthew Carasella/Courtesy of The Whitney Museum hide caption

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From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

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Vietnamese American Photographer An-My Le Selected For Whitney Biennial

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Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo in 2016. In 1968, Kusama wrote, "Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity." Tomoaki Makino/Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama hide caption

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'Priestess Of Polka Dots' Yayoi Kusama Gives Gallerygoers A Taste Of Infinity

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The play Roe shows Norma McCorvey, aka "Jane Roe," (Sarah Bruner) pleading with her doctor (Richard Elmore) to give her an abortion. C. Stanley Photography/Courtesy of Arena Stage hide caption

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New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide

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Alma Thomas' artwork Resurrection adorns the far wall of the Old Family Dining Room of the White House. Amanda Lucidon/The White House hide caption

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How A Work Of Art Makes It Onto The Wall Of The White House

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