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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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Lawsuit Challenges Indiana University's Mandate Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination

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Spring Numbers Show 'Dramatic' Drop In College Enrollment

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'Dear Son': How A Mom's Letter Inspired A Graduation Speech — From Prison

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Student Makes The Most Of Time Behind Bars, Finishes College With Honors

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Lewis' Memoir Describes Being A Teen Mom In College While Raising A Daughter

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a news conference in March. She and Sen. Bernie Sanders are leading the push to introduce a bill Tuesday that would make pandemic-related food benefits for college students permanent and create grants for colleges to address hunger. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Pandemic Pomp and Circumstance: Graduation Looks Different This Year (Again)

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Finding Your Way To A (High-Paying) Trade Job

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Miriam Colvin's podcast "Competition With The Best" was one of two grand prize winners in the college edition of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Family Lore Fact-Check: Finding The Teen Muhammad Ali 'Boxed Along The Way'

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Anya Steinberg's podcast, "He's Just 23 Chromosomes," is one of two grand prize winners in the collegiate edition of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Attention Donor 3046: Your Daughter Made A Podcast To Find You

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Competition With The Greatest: Podcast Winner Fact-Checked Family Lore

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More Colleges Say They'll Require Students To Have COVID-19 Vaccines For Fall

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Colleges Get Creative To Reach Students After Enrollment Plummets Due To COVID-19

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High School Seniors Ask College Students Their Burning Questions: COVID-19 Edition

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