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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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Thinking About Returning To College? A Guide For Taking The Leap

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Federal Financial Aid Form Causes A Stir — Over Selective Service Question

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How Do I Get This Out? Your Guide To Stain Removal

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Measure Would Help Low-Income Students Apply For College Financial Aid

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Fewer Students Are Going To College. Here's Why That Matters

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Lawsuit Challenges University Of California System's Use Of SAT, ACT

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Lawsuit Claims SAT And ACT Are Illegal In California Admissions

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Students at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago. The university participates in gratuidad, so tuition is free for qualifying students. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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What The U.S. Can Learn From Free College In Chile

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Helping First-Generation College Students

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'First-Gen' Proud: Campuses Are Celebrating An Overlooked Group. But Is That Enough?

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The judge said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had violated an order to stop collecting loans owed by students who had been defrauded by Corinthian Colleges. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Vital Federal Program To Help Parents In College Is 'A Drop In The Bucket'

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NPR's Student Podcast Challenge Returns

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The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!

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