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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50 years ago, 'Zoom' spoke to children about their real lives

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'And I say, Hey! HEY!' Aardvark Arthur's wonderful new days are ending

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Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes has died at age 78

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'Sesame Street' composer Stephen Lawrence has died at 82

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Kids need to see themselves reflected in media. Here are some recommendations

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Anne Rice, author of 'Interview with the Vampire,' dies at 80

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Music educator Monica Levin teaches via video conference at Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center in Prince George's County, Maryland. Jennifer Samson hide caption

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For kids grappling with the pandemic's traumas, art classes can be an oasis

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