Melissa Block 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. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs.
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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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Dr. Emmy Betz, a co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, led a meeting of the group at the Centennial Gun Club. "If you want to reduce suicide deaths, you have to talk about firearms," Betz says. "And if you want to reduce firearm deaths, you have to talk about suicide." Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

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Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

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Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

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In Chicago, The Obamas' Civic Engagement Programs Are In Action

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Former President Barack Obama at a gathering during the North American Climate Summit last year in Chicago. Since he left the White House, Obama has stayed quiet, declining to directly challenge his successor. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Where Has Barack Obama Been?

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In Minding the Gap, filmmaker Bing Liu uses old and new footage of his skateboarder friends Keire Johnson (left) and Zack Mulligan (right) to track the turbulent upbringings and present-day struggles of all three. Hulu hide caption

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In 'Minding The Gap,' Skateboarding Is The Least Of The Pain

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Benjamin Rush, the medical doctor and Founding Father, took after the Renaissance-man civic participation of his mentor, Benjamin Franklin. Charles Willson Peale/Courtesy of Crown hide caption

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'Rush': The Other Founding Father From Philadelphia Named Benjamin

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Princess Margaret watches her older sister Princess Elizabeth make her first broadcast on Oct. 12, 1940 in London. Getty Images hide caption

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'Ninety-Nine Glimpses Of Princess Margaret': A Woman Who Watched The Throne

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Armando Hernandez prepares lunch orders at El Torito restaurant in Galax, Va. El Torito is one of several Mexican restaurants in town and the servers say that their clientele is predominantly white local residents. Madeline Gray for NPR hide caption

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Amid A Hispanic Boom, Conflicting Feelings On Immigration

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A Look At Immigration From A Virginia Town With A Fast-Growing Hispanic Population

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Robert Hartmann meets with his tutor, Sandy DeLuck, at the public library in Winterport, Maine. Hartmann reads at about a first-grade level. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

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Carmen strikes a pose for her younger sister, Evelyn, before homecoming in the fall of 2017. Couresy of the Schentrup family hide caption

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After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

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Speedskaters Elise Christie of Great Britain gets by Kim Boutin of Canada and Andrea Keszler of Hungary as they fall during the Ladies' 500m quarterfinal on Feb. 13. "If the pass is gonna be close or tight," says U.S. speedskater J.R. Celski, "we usually say 'bombs,' like 'Uh-oh, something's gonna blow up!' So it's like an explosion. It most likely means people are falling." Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Bonk' To 'Bombs' And 'Fly Swat': A Guide To Olympic Slang

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Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In Downhill At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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