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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The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is reopening to the public on Friday. "We haven't seen the cats get superexcited about seeing people, but that's honestly to be expected," says curator Craig Saffoe. "Cats, whether they're your cats at home or giant cats like ours, are cats." Above, Luke, an African lion. Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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As Zoos Cautiously Reopen, Humans Are Excited, Big Cats Seem Ambivalent

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In the early 1900s, educator Booker T. Washington and Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald built schools across the South for African American students. May's Lick Rosenwald School, in Maysville, Ky., was built in 1921, and it has received one of 27 preservation grants from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Mays Lick Community Development Board/African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund hide caption

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Grant Imahara arrives at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2013. Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Mythbusters' Star Grant Imahara, Electrical Engineer And Robotics Wiz, Dies At 49

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Billy Smith counts rows in the knit structure of a mask to ensure that specifications for fit and sizing meet company standards. Nick Rubalcava/Bilio hide caption

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Want To Create A Better Mask? It's Harder Than It Seams

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin speaks onstage during the 11th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on October 27, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Famous For His Monumental Works Of Art, Christo Dies At 84

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Questlove has written two cookbooks, and pre-pandemic, was a frequent potluck host. Michael Baca hide caption

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'Food Is Social Adhesive,' So Questlove Is Hosting A Virtual Potluck

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Greg Daniels Moves His Comedic Spotlight To Absurdity In The Afterlife

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Singer Little Richard making peace sign and wearing an outlandish outfit as he prepares to perform at Wembley Stadium, 1972. (Photo by Rosemary Matthews/Keystone Features/Getty Images) Rosemary Matthews/Getty Images hide caption

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Little Richard, The 'King And Queen' Of Rock And Roll, Dead At 87

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Comedy Clubs Are Closed, So To Reach Audiences, Comics Have To Improvise

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An empty road in Kissimmee, Fla., leads into a Disney resort that's closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "None of us could've imagined the suffering and sacrifice that we're now seeing around the world," the CEO said on an earnings call. Daniel Slim /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Disney Expects Losses 'As Much As $1.4 Billion' In 2nd Quarter Of 2020

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Walt Disney Co. To Report 2nd-Quarter Earnings Amid The Coronavirus Crisis

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