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Elissa Nadworny

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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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What Will Congress and Education Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

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Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's intended nominee for education secretary, speaks Wednesday in Wilmington, Del. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A 'Real Easy' Choice: Biden Introduces Education Pick Miguel Cardona

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Biden To Pick Miguel Cardona To Be Next Secretary Of Education

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Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, here in January, is President-elect Joe Biden's intended nominee for education secretary. Devin Leith-Yessian/Record-Journal via AP hide caption

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Biden Picks Connecticut Schools Chief Miguel Cardona As Education Secretary

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In a bipartisan effort, Congress is close to a deal to simplify the federal financial aid form, or FAFSA, a major policy goal of retiring Republican senator Lamar Alexander. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Instead of going to college this fall, Brian Williams got a job at a Jimmy John's near his home in Stafford, Texas. He says paying for college was always going to be hard, but it was even harder to justify the expense during a pandemic. Scott Dalton for NPR hide caption

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'Losing A Generation': Fall College Enrollment Plummets For 1st-Year Students

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appears in Phoenix in October. On Friday, the Education Department announced an extension of pandemic relief measures for federal student loan borrowers. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Education Department Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze Through January

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Shelby Dorsey, a contact tracer and a senior studying theater at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, makes calls at the local public health department. "Were not here to chastise," she says, "we're here to help." Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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With Cases Surging, Colleges Turn To Students For Help

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What Colleges And Students Should Expect From A Biden Administration

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A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?

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How Do Colleges And Students Ensure Safety Of Traveling Home For Thanksgiving?

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President-elect Joe Biden stands on stage with his wife, Jill Biden, on Saturday in Wilmington, Del. The incoming first lady is an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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What A Biden Presidency Could Mean For Education

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College Students In Western Pennsylvania On Voting

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Students chat on a lawn this fall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's unclear how disruptions to campus life during the pandemic might affect student voter turnout on Election Day. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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In Fort Collins, Colorado State University has been running a robust wastewater testing program since the start of the fall semester. Researchers regularly collect samples from 17 sites across campus, including the Westfall Hall dormitory. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus

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