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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Mindy Tucker; Stephanie Timpone, Karla Janette Figueroa; Ian Mclaren/SNL/The Second City

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The new mural of Roy Orbison in Vernon, Texas. Ann Arnold-Ogden hide caption

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A Biden Cabinet Secretary For Arts? Advocates Are Hopeful

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Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw starred in Love Story — a romantic tearjerker that became the highest grossing movie of 1970. Since then, it has inspired countless ugly cries — and plenty of parodies, too. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Successful, Sentimental And Satirized, 'Love Story' Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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The FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C. — Utah Sen. Mike Lee describes it as looking like "an abandoned set from The Hunger Games." ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Ugly,' 'Discordant': New Executive Order Takes Aim At Modern Architecture

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Republican Sen. Mike Lee, seen at a 2015 event, said the Smithsonian doesn't need "an array of segregated, separate-but-equal museums for hyphenated identity groups." Paul Morigi/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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The Harvard Opportunes is one of the four groups to advance to the final stages of UpStaged National Collegiate Performing Arts A Cappella Championship. Dylan Zhou /Twins Talent Casting hide caption

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4 Teams Head Into Finals Of Collegiate A Cappella Championship

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New Documentary 'Billie' Explores Mysteries Of Billie Holiday And Her Biographer

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In 'No One Asked For This,' Cazzie David Writes About Her Afflictions

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will close as of Monday, November 23rd because of the rise in COVID-19 cases. Matailong Du/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Puzzle Business Goes 'Bonkers' As People Seek Pandemic Pastimes At Home

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Artist Mo Willems is leading a doodle session on election night for children and adults. On the Kennedy Center's website, he will encourage self-expression for anyone who tunes in. Mo Willems hide caption

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Anxious On Election Night? Join Mo Willems For A 'Democracy Doodle'

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