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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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Classrooms at Vista Middle School sit empty on the second day of the Los Angeles teacher strike. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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Movies, Worksheets, Computer Time: Inside LA Schools During The Teacher Strike

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A demonstrator outside Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, flashes a friendly smile to passersby. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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Under Rainy Skies, Los Angeles Teachers Take To The Picket Lines

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Educators from Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles chant, "Teachers united will never be defeated!" in front of their school. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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LA Students Prep For A Teacher Strike Monday: 'It's So Much Bigger Than A Pay Raise'

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'This Is Our Life': LA Teachers' Union Set To Strike For Better Conditions, More Resources

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Los Angeles Teachers' Union Says It's Ready To Strike

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Alta Loma Elementary School teacher Jennifer Liebe-Zelazny is ready to strike if there's no deal come Monday, but she knows it will come at a cost to her fourth-grade students. Roxanne Turpen for NPR hide caption

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'I'm A Little Stressed': LA Teachers And Parents Brace For A Possible Strike

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When Kendra Beaudoin first got to the University of Michigan campus, she didn't understand crosswalks: "Those don't exist where I lived." Diane Weiss for The Hechinger Report hide caption

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'Going To Office Hours Is Terrifying' And Other Tales Of Rural Students In College

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Inside The Effort To Give Inmates Access To Federal Student Grants For College

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Getting A College Degree When You're Behind Bars

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