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Elissa Nadworny

Correspondent, Higher Education

Elissa Nadworny is an NPR Correspondent, covering higher education.

In 2022 she spent several months in Ukraine covering the war with Russia, with a special focus on the effect of war on children and families.

She also guest hosts NPR shows such as All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

In 2020 she traveled to dozens of college campuses to document what it was like to reopen during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Her work has won several awards including a 2018 James Beard Award for a story about the Chinese-American population in the Mississippi Delta, a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and a 2020 Gracie Award for a story about student parents in college,

Some favorite story experiences include embedding with a class of college students getting their degrees from inside a state prison, crawling in the sewers below a college campus to test wastewater for the coronavirus and sitting with the elderly living along the front lines in Ukraine's east. In 2018, she went on an epic search for the history behind her own high school's classroom skeleton.

Before joining NPR in 2014, 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.

Originally from Erie, Pa., 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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The Supreme Court puts Biden's student loan relief program on ice for now

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The Supreme Court will hear challenges to the student debt relief program

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Diver Tom Daley shares how knitting helped him win gold in new book 'Made with Love'

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Debris from Challenger space shuttle found off the coast of Florida

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Anna Mordiukova gave birth to her baby Victoria with a Russian doctor while her village was under occupation at the beginning of the war. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Meet the parents raising Ukraine's next generation, babies now as old as the war

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Writer Nick Hornby on his new book, "Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius"

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Latino voters helped Democrats stave off red wave, says strategist

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Congress is older than ever. It hasn't always been this way.

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Are octopuses deliberately throwing things at each other?

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How Florida, a one-time swing state, turned red

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Democrats win Michigan and Minnesota state legislatures, defying expectations

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How young voters became the wall for the 'red wave'

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The issues that matter most to voters on Election Day

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