Elizabeth Blair Elizabeth Blair is a Peabody Award-winning Senior Producer/Reporter on the Arts Desk at NPR.
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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.

Blair produces, edits, and reports arts and cultural segments for NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. In this position, she has reported on a range of topics from arts funding to the MeToo movement. She has profiled renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Mikhail Baryshnikov, explored how old women are represented in fairy tales, and reported the origins of the children's classic Curious George. Among her all-time favorite interviews are actors Octavia Spencer and Andy Serkis, comedians Bill Burr and Hari Kondabolu, the rapper K'Naan, and Cookie Monster (in character).

Blair has overseen several, large-scale series including The NPR 100, which explored landmark musical works of the 20th Century, and In Character, which probed the origins of iconic American fictional characters. Along with her colleagues on the Arts Desk and at NPR Music, Blair curated American Anthem, a major series exploring the origins of songs that uplift, rouse, and unite people around a common theme.

Blair's work has received several honors, including two Peabody Awards and a Gracie. She previously 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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Lead Singer Of The Cars, Ric Ocasek, Dies In New York

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When The 'Whisper Network' Goes Public: The 'S****y Media Men' List, 2 Years On

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Valerie Harper, Rhoda On 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' Dies At 80

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In her memoir, I, Rhoda, Harper (pictured here in 2013) writes that she was "determined to define [Rhoda's] style" and help soften her sharp edge. Kris Connor/Getty Images hide caption

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Valerie Harper, Who Played Beloved TV Sidekick Rhoda, Dies At 80

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Pioneering Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker Dies At 94

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The Edge and Bono perform in the Netherlands during U2's The Joshua Tree tour in 1987. The U2 song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," inspired by gospel, has become a rock and roll hymn, even finding its way into real-life church services. Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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In U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,' A Restless Search For Meaning

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Left: Pablo, a giant marionette dances and plays with ballerina Atharina; Right: Monsieur Gazon prepares to juggle fire on a unicycle. Joannie Lafrenière for NPR hide caption

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Montreal Is Full Of Laughs As It Hosts 2019 Comedy Festival

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Encore: Comedian Brian Regan Sees The Dinosaurs In Everyday Life

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During a civil rights demonstration, folk singer Pete Seeger sings on the steps of the New York State Capitol Building. James Marshall/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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The Songs That Define Us, From NPR's 'American Anthem' Series

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2 Women Publicly Corroborate E. Jean Carroll's Allegations Of Sexual Assault By Trump

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Smithsonian Institution Names Lonnie Bunch III As Its New Secretary

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MTV Hires 'Doyenne Of Documentaries,' Sheila Nevins, For Its New Division

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Sheila Nevins, the former president of HBO Documentary Films, will join MTV to launch MTV Documentary Films. Brigitte Lacombe/Viacom hide caption

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MTV Launches New Documentary Division Led By Producer Sheila Nevins

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