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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Speedskating Primer: Long Track Vs. Short Track

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Skaters compete in the 1,500-meter women's short track. The ice for short track speedskating is thicker and warmer than long track ice. Hockey ice is warmer still. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images hide caption

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

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Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Takes Another Gold

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News Brief: Florida School Shooting, Immigration Plans Stall, Olympics

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Olympics: U.S. Falls Behind In Skiing, Figure Skating

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For Some, Competing At The Olympics Runs In The Family

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Ashley Caldwell performs an aerial before the World Cup last February. When she watched aerials for the first time at age 12, she remembers thinking: "Why are these people so crazy?" Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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Aerials Skier Ashley Caldwell's 'Bold Move': A Quadruple-Twisting Triple Flip

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Maame Biney reacts after winning the women's 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials in December. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

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South Korea Celebrates The Official Start Of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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Listen: Up First Olympics Preview Special

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Skiing was second nature for Dunklee, but shooting a rifle at first felt alien to her. In the wake of mass shooting tragedies in the U.S., she has wrestled with ambivalence over using rifles for sport. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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With Few Fans And Little Funding, U.S. Biathlon Team Hopes For First Olympic Medals

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Colombian Speedskater Gets A Last-Minute Chance To Compete In Olympics

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Kendall Wesenberg of Modesto, Calif., launches into her training run on the skeleton track in Lake Placid, N.Y. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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Face-Down, Head-First, 90 Miles An Hour On The Ice

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Bobsled pilot and two-time Olympic medal recipient, Elana Meyers Taylor, and US National team member Lolo Jones, left, push off the start during a training run in Lake Placid. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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A Kind Of Chaos: The Science And Sport Of Bobsledding

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Michael and Brian D'Addario, the brothers who make up The Lemon Twigs, channel sounds from decades past. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'We Just Get Out Of Each Others' Faces': The Lemon Twigs On Being Brothers In A Band

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