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Elissa Nadworny

Correspondent, Higher Education

Elissa Nadworny reports on all things college for NPR, following big stories like unprecedented enrollment declines, college affordability, the student debt crisis and workforce training. During the 2020-2021 academic year, she traveled to dozens of campuses to document what it was like to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. Her work has won several awards including a 2020 Gracie Award for a story about student parents in college, a 2018 James Beard Award for a story about the Chinese-American population in the Mississippi Delta and a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation.

Nadworny uses multiplatform storytelling – incorporating radio, print, comics, photojournalism, and video — to put students at the center of her coverage. Some favorite story adventures include crawling in the sewers below campus to test wastewater for the coronavirus, yearly deep-dives into the most popular high school plays and musicals and an epic search for the history behind her 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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How colleges are dealing with high COVID case counts on campus

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Student loan payments resume in May. Here are 7 ways to prepare

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College students are starting spring semester. Here's what it looks like with omicron

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More than 1 million fewer students are in college. Here's how that impacts the economy

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22 tips for 2022: How to get rid of that wine stain

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In 'Beasts of a Little Land,' a portrait of Korea's quest for independence

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In Yellowjackets, a New Jersey girls soccer team must survive in the wilderness after a plane crash. Kailey Schwerman/Showtime hide caption

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Surviving teenage girlhood takes on a whole new meaning on 'Yellowjackets'

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The holidays can be stressful enough. Then came omicron

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Tips for stain removal to keep your holidays merry and stain-free!

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Using poetry to understand grief during a very difficult year

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How to get ready to repay your student loan when the payment freeze ends

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Rep. Pete Aguilar discusses the Jan. 6 panel's progress as anniversary approaches

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How an ER doctor braces herself for working on Christmas as COVID cases spike

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President Biden extends student loan payment freeze through May 1

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