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Elissa Nadworny

Correspondent, Higher Education

Elissa Nadworny is an NPR Correspondent, covering higher education.

In 2022 she spent several months in Ukraine covering the war with Russia, with a special focus on the effect of war on children and families.

She also guest hosts NPR shows such as All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

In 2020 she traveled to dozens of college campuses to document what it was like to reopen during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Her work has won several awards including a 2018 James Beard Award for a story about the Chinese-American population in the Mississippi Delta, a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and a 2020 Gracie Award for a story about student parents in college,

Some favorite story experiences include embedding with a class of college students getting their degrees from inside a state prison, crawling in the sewers below a college campus to test wastewater for the coronavirus and sitting with the elderly living along the front lines in Ukraine's east. In 2018, she went on an epic search for the history behind her own high school's classroom skeleton.

Before joining NPR in 2014, 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.

Originally from Erie, Pa., 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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Tuesday

After a pause for the pandemic, Dartmouth will again require SAT and ACT scores

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Monday

A tour group makes its way through Dartmouth College's campus, in Hanover, N.H., in April 2023. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Dartmouth will again require SAT, ACT scores. Other colleges won't necessarily follow

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Sunday

GennaRose Nethercott on her short story collection 'Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart'

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Biden wins the South Carolina primary, hoping voters across the U.S. take note

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The 4-6 week FAFSA delay comes at a crucial time for high school seniors

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The invasion of Ukraine created a rare opportunity for the CIA to recruit Russian spies

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A new coming-of-age film 'How to Have Sex' follows 3 teens on a spring break trip

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In Canada, officials search for Harry, the taxidermy polar bear

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A Ukrainian kindergarten teacher returns to the classroom

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Will U.S. retaliation deter Iran?

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Politics chat: More U.S. strikes; Biden wins South Carolina; House Republicans vote

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El Salvador's president is set to return to power, amid shrinking civil liberties

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Homo sapiens and Neanderthals may have interbred, new research shows

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"It's like a combination of feeling like you're in a dream and feeling like you're finally living your dream," Noah Kahan says of his arena-sized fame. Patrick McCormack hide caption

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Noah Kahan on TikTok fame, his sold-out arena tour and taking his mom to the Grammys

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Tuesday

The Kharkiv Palace Hotel was hit by a Russian missile on Dec. 31, 2023, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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What it's Like to Be in a Russian Missile Attack

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Ukrainian woman looks back on the Russian missile attack that changed her life

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Saturday

Ukrainians hit the slopes at a ski resort in Kyiv. Skiing and snowboarding offer locals a bit of joy, despite frequent missile attacks. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Between bombings, Ukrainians find fun (and a sense of normalcy) at a Kyiv ski resort

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Thursday

'We cannot put our lives on pause': Ukrainians find normalcy and fun at a ski resort

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Wednesday

Ukrainian truck drivers stand near their trucks as they wait for days at the Dorohusk border in Poland. A protest by Polish truck drivers is still blocking traffic at several other crossings between Ukraine and Poland. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Tuesday

Protests at Ukraine-Poland border pitting truck drivers against each other

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Sunday

Thursday

Hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian prisoners of war have been exchanged

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Tuesday