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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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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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Lavonda Little has been a custodial worker at the University of Florida for more than 16 years. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Cleaning A College In A Pandemic: 'Without Us This Campus Shuts Down'

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'The Backbone Of The College': How Housekeeping Staff Make In-Person College Possible

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A majority of U.S. colleges have canceled spring break, in an attempt to curb student travel. But the rise of online classes means students can now attend college from anywhere, including Miami Beach. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Colleges Canceled Spring Break, But Students Are Traveling Anyway

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Kendra Mendoza's son, Joshua, has cerebral palsy. She says he loves school, but got little of the therapy he needed this spring. Scott Alario for NPR hide caption

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Checking Back With A Teacher, College Student and Mother After A Year At Home

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Biden Tackles Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

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Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness Hinges On 2 Numbers: $10,000 Vs. $50,000

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Student Loan Forgiveness: Democrats Debate How Much To Cancel

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Spring Semester Brings In-Person Classes And COVID-19 Spikes For Some Colleges

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