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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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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'The King Is Always Above The People' In More Lands Than One

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A survey says Americans are by far most afraid of corrupt government officials. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Top American Fears: Sharks And Zombies Or Corrupt Officials?

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Sweet Pea Atkinson's first solo album in 35 years, Get What You Deserve, is out now. Mathieu Bitton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'I'm Old As Dirt But I Can Still Sing': Sweet Pea Atkinson On 'Get What You Deserve'

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Tom Petty's Songs Served As Anthems For Many Generations

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As in the rest of the country, growers in heavily agricultural northern Michigan rely overwhelmingly on migrant laborers to work the fields and orchards. Most of the pickers are from Mexico. Growers say it's just about impossible to find Americans to do this work. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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'They're Scared': Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage

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Houston Officials Consider How To Prevent Future Floods After Harvey

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Pilots Andy Cook (left) and Rocky Breaux flew in from Houma, La. with diapers, toys, games, books and strollers packed. They were part of the ad hoc "Cajun Airlift." Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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'You Have To Help': Gulf Coast Neighbors Fly, Cook And Organize For Harvey Evacuees

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In Texas, An Army Of Volunteers Sprang Into Action After Harvey

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Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

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Young Astronaut Hopeful Gets NASA Tour Of His (Space) Dreams

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Bedouine's self-titled debut album is out now. Polly Antonia Barrowman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Her Quiet Folk Debut, Bedouine Wanders And Wonders

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The mail plane flies into Meyers Chuck. Meyers Chuck is off the grid, with no roads or cars; just a sprinkling of houses on the water. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Meyers Chuck, AK, 99903

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Christopher Plummer as the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception — a man with the outward trappings of power, who hasn't made a real decision in decades. Marc Bossaerts hide caption

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

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