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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Dancers from Miami City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem perform the Pam Tanowitz work Gustave Le Gray No. 1, commissioned by the Kennedy Center as part of its Ballet Across America series. Teresa Wood/Kennedy Center hide caption

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Yes, You Can Take Your Kids For A Walk

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Nine-year-old Tani Adewumi was hoping to defend his title this weekend at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship. The tournament was canceled due to Coronavirus. When Tani won the primary school division in 2019, he was living with his family in a homeless shelter. HarperCollins hide caption

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This Young Chess Champion Is 'Not Scared Of Anything On That Board'

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'Inside The Actors Studio' Host James Lipton Has Died

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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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'Just Plain Ugly': Proposed Executive Order Takes Aim At Modern Architecture

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Joseph Shabalala, Founder Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dies At 78

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A Profile Of Donna Rotunno, Harvey Weinstein's Attorney

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Director Bartlett Sher is now working on an opera based on Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, and preparing the London premiere and national tour of To Kill A Mockingbird. He's shown above during a rehearsal in May 2006, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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One Director's Secrets To Success: Chaos, Confidence And 'Collective Genius'

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Screenwriter And Actor Buck Henry Dies At 89

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Encore: There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

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Highly Specific Superlatives: The Best Bits Of Stand-Up Comedy In 2019

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