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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Jim Steinman speaks onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards in 2012. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame hide caption

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Jim Steinman, Writer Of Operatic Rock Hits For Meat Loaf And Celine Dion, Dies At 73

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2021 is shaping up to be a big year for singer-songwriter H.E.R., who, after winning two Grammy awards in one night, was nominated for an Oscar the morning after. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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H.E.R. Is A 'Soul Baby' With A Social Conscience

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Netflix Password Changes Might Cause Rifts In Some Relationships

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For Actor-Activist Sacha Baron Cohen, Being Called A 'Bouffon' Is A Good Thing

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Actor Yaphet Kotto Has Died At Age 81

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Laraine Newman was a founding member of the improv group The Groundlings and an original Saturday Night Live cast member. She's now voiced dozens of animated characters. She's pictured above in Los Angeles in June 2015. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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From SNL To SpongeBob, Laraine Newman Chronicles 'Interesting Times'

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The skyline of Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and National Mall, as seen on June 15, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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James Franco attends a special screening of the final season of "The Deuce" at Metrograph on Sept. 5, 2019 in New York City. = Taylor Hill/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Tom Sweitzer hosts a weekly music therapy group via Zoom for other COVID-19 survivors dealing with lingering symptoms. "We get to know each other through the music," says one participant. "I think that was a really intuitive and wonderful way to connect us." Michele Abercrombie/NPR hide caption

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Music Therapy Brings Solace To COVID-19 Patients And Healers

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The Lucas Bros, Using Humor 'To Shake Folk Woke'

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Remembering Mary Wilson, A Founding Member Of The Supremes

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Music Therapists Are Trying To Help COVID-19 Patients Who Experience Loneliness

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Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly died on Feb. 3 at age 77. He's pictured above in Nashville, Tenn., in January 2015. Rick Diamond/Getty Images hide caption

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Jim Weatherly, Who Wrote 'Midnight Train To Georgia,' Dies At 77

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Legendary Stage And Screen Actress Cicely Tyson Has Died At 96

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Cicely Tyson attends the TIME 100 Gala in 2012. The famed actress died at the age of 96. Tyson inspired generations of African American actors who grew up watching her perform on stage and on screen. Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME hide caption

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Cicely Tyson, Who Brought Grace And Gravitas To The Screen, Has Died At 96

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