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Elissa Nadworny

Reporter/Editor, NPR Ed

Elissa Nadworny covers higher education and college access for NPR. She's led the NPR Ed team's multiplatform storytelling – incorporating radio, print, comics, photojournalism, and video into the coverage of education. In 2017, that work won an Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation. As an education reporter for NPR, she's covered many education topics, including new education research, chronic absenteeism, and some fun deep-dives into the most popular high school plays and musicals and the history behind a classroom skeleton.

After the 2016 election, she traveled with Melissa Block across the U.S. for series "Our Land." They reported from communities large and small, capturing how people's identities are shaped by where they live.

Prior to coming to NPR, Nadworny worked at Bloomberg News, reporting from the White House. A recipient of the McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship, she spent four months reporting on U.S. international food aid for USA Today, traveling to Jordan to talk with Syrian refugees about food programs there. In addition to USA Today, she's written stories for Dow Jones' MarketWatch, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald and McClatchy DC.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Nadworny has a bachelor's degree in documentary film from Skidmore College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Biden Tackles Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

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Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness Hinges On 2 Numbers: $10,000 Vs. $50,000

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Student Loan Forgiveness: Democrats Debate How Much To Cancel

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Spring Semester Brings In-Person Classes And COVID-19 Spikes For Some Colleges

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¿Cómo lleno la solicitud de FAFSA? Una guía bilingüe

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Colleges Add More In-Person Classes For Spring, Amid High Risk Of Coronavirus Spread

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Nathan Grebil takes the temperature of a fourth-grader during a health screening in October at Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon, Calif. Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly 200,000 flags on the National Mall represent the thousands of people who cannot attend the inauguration because of the pandemic and tight security in the nation's capital. Susan Walsh /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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