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Elizabeth Blair 2010
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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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Actress Doris Roberts Of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Dies At 90
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Civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sing "We Shall Overcome" at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in 1965. Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Who Owns 'We Shall Overcome'? All Of Us, A Lawsuit Claims
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Sir George Martin, seen here in 1984, was known for his crucial role in shaping the sound of the Beatles. Rob Verhorst/Getty Images hide caption

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Beatles Producer George Martin 'Invented The Job'
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Surrey NanoSystems, the U.K. company that makes Vantablack, describes it as "a functionalised 'forest' of millions upon millions of incredibly small tubes made of carbon, or carbon nanotubes." Surrey NanoSystems/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Screenwriter Meg LeFauve attends The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night on Feb. 8. LeFauve co-wrote two 2015 Pixar films: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Mike Windle/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter hide caption

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This Oscar Nominee Could've Been An Executive. Instead, She's A Screenwriter
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Comic T.J. Miller: Trained Clown And Student Of Nietzsche
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How Will Host Chris Rock Treat The Oscars' Lack Of Diversity?
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Chinese Company Dalian Wanda Buys Legendary Entertainment
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