Elissa Nadworny Elissa Nadworny is an NPR correspondent covering reproductive rights and abortion.
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Elissa Nadworny

Correspondent, Reproductive Rights

Elissa Nadworny is an NPR correspondent covering reproductive rights and abortion.

She also regularly reports on international conflict, with a special focus on children and families. She has spent several months in Ukraine covering the war with Russia and in Israel, covering the war with Hamas and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

She guest hosts NPR radio shows such as All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and special election coverage.

In 2023, she tracked down a classroom of kindergarteners from eastern Ukraine, displaced by the war. The project took eight months, spanned multiple countries and continents, and told the story of children and families dealing with the trauma, loss, and fear that conflict brings.

Her work has won awards including a James Beard Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and several Gracie Awards.

She's a Livingston Award finalist for a story about college students getting their degrees from inside a state prison.

Other stories that have resonated with her include crawling in the sewers below a college campus to test wastewater for the coronavirus, sitting with the elderly living along the front lines in Ukraine's east, and the story of a pregnant woman in Gaza who gave birth amid abysmal and fast deteriorating hospital conditions.

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.

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.

Story Archive

Tuesday

Abortion rights activists at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on March 26, the day the case about the abortion drug mifepristone was heard. The number of abortions in the U.S. increased, a study says, surprising researchers. Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Despite state bans, abortions nationwide are up, driven by telehealth

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Thursday

Vargas Arango, 22, is a second-year student at Miami Dade College, studying business and psychology. Eva Marie Uzcategui for NPR hide caption

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College student explores rare mental health condition in award-winning podcast

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Friday

The latest on student debt relief — and how young voters are feeling about it

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Thursday

Columbia president tells lawmakers at antisemitism hearing there is a 'moral crisis'

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Wednesday

The president of Columbia University, Nemat Shafik, testified before the House Education Committee alongside a Columbia University law professor and two trustees. Tom Williams/Getty Images hide caption

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At antisemitism hearing, Columbia official tells lawmakers, 'We have a moral crisis'

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Thursday

The number of high school seniors who have filled out FAFSA is down from last year

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Wednesday

Way fewer students have filled out the FAFSA this year

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Wednesday

What life has been like for thousands of pregnant women in Gaza

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Thursday

A baby is looked after at the neonatal unit at Kamal Adhwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip, where children are born with complications due to malnourished mothers. Omar El Qattaa for NPR hide caption

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'Struggle, struggle, struggle.' What new and expecting mothers are facing in Gaza

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Sunday

In Northern Israel, a deserted town bears witness to a different war

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Monday

Now that Sarah Barnes' son, Samuel, 2, is enrolled in Head Start, it's lifted an extra stress off Barnes' shoulders. "It just makes life a little bit easier having child care right on campus," she says. "I can literally walk over here between classes and check on him." Anthony Francis for NPR hide caption

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The new kids on campus? Toddlers, courtesy of Head Start

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Tuesday

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In a first, U.S. students will take the SAT entirely online (no pencils required)

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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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