Elissa Nadworny Elissa Nadworny reports and edits for the NPR Ed Team.
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Elissa Nadworny

Reporter/Editor, NPR Ed

Elissa Nadworny reports and edits for the NPR Ed Team. She's led the team's multiplatform strategy – incorporating radio, print, comics, and multimedia into the coverage of education. In 2017, she was part of the NPR Ed team that won a Murrow Award for excellence in innovation. As a reporter, she's covered many education topics including new education research, chronic absenteeism, college access for low-income students, and the changing demographics of higher ed.

After the 2016 election she traveled with Melissa Block across the U.S., for the Our Land series. They reported from communities small and large, capturing how people's identity is shaped by where they live.

Prior to coming to NPR, Nadworny worked at Bloomberg News, reporting on the White House. For Bloomberg, she's covered stories on immigration, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return to the U.S. and the president's health. You can still occasionally catch her reporting from 1600 Penn on the weekends.

A recipient of the McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship, she spent four months reporting a story about U.S. international food aid for USA Today, traveling to Jordan to report on food programs for Syrian refugees. 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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100 Top Colleges Vow To Enroll More Low-Income Students

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Teachers are using OK Go videos — like This Too Shall Pass — to teach students about science and math concepts. YouTube/OKGo hide caption

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?

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Classroom Skeleton: Whose Bones Are These?

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Cathy Meaney (right), a volunteer with International Neighbors, sits with Rahim Nishat and two of his children in the Nishats' apartment in Charlottesville, Va. The Nishat family is from Afghanistan. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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90 Days To Start A New Life: For Refugees In The U.S., What Happens Next?

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Team USA wrestler Jennifer Page trains in a pool at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. She is recovering from an ACL surgery. Matt Nager for NPR hide caption

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Training For The Olympics Is Hard Enough. Try Doing That While Earning A Degree

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Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing

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Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

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Yerianne Roldán and Zuleyka Avila are both seniors at Colonial High School in Orlando, scrambling to readjust their plans for college. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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For Many Puerto Ricans, College Plans Washed Away With Hurricane Maria

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Sisters Darianne, 16, and Yerianne Roldán, 17, moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando with their family for school. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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'A New Reality': Students And Teachers From Puerto Rico Start Over In Florida

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