Melissa Gray Melissa Gray is a senior producer for All Things Considered.
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Melissa Gray

Melissa Gray

Senior Producer, All Things Considered

Melissa Gray is a senior producer for All Things Considered.

Gray got her start at Member station WUGA in Athens, GA. From there, she went on to report on arts and cultural stories for Peach State Public Radio in Atlanta. She joined NPR in 1999.

Years later, her determination to "learn how to really bake a damn good cake" led her to experiment on the All Things Considered staff. You can read all about it in her cookbook, All Cakes Considered. Melissa lives by this motto: "We have to make our own fun. Nobody else will make it for us."

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In a new sci-fi book, musician Janelle Monáe expands on themes from her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer to tell stories about a community of individuals whose identities are being erased. Jheyda McGarrell hide caption

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Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' comes alive in a new collection of stories

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Taryn LaMaison (right) has worked with Brandon Waldrop, 21, for three years through the LifeSet program, which helps young people transition out of foster care and into adulthood. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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18 can mean an abrupt exit from foster care. For some, it's no longer a solo journey

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Famed author Jodi Picoult novelizes the pandemic in new book 'Wish You Were Here'

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In Virginia's race for governor, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin has rallied voters around national cultural divisions playing out in schools in his campaign against former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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As they elect a governor, Virginia voters show how all politics have become national

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Billie Eilish Can't Wait To See The Future

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Doctors who regularly see knife-related avocado injuries to the hand say people are less likely to hurt themselves if they don't cut the fruit while holding it in their palm. Gaye Launder/Flickr hide caption

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Making Super Bowl Guacamole? Be Careful To Avoid The Pits Of An Avocado Hand Injury

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Though he is best-known for his auteur work, composer, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

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Slick Rick released his debut album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick in 1988. Al Pereira/Getty Images hide caption

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How Slick Rick And Queen Latifah 'Breathed Life Into Hip-Hop' In 1988

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Black Thought reflects on his 30-year career with his debut solo project, Streams of Thought Vol. 1. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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Black Thought Sets Out On His Own

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What Makes A Jazz Standard?

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Questlove's latest book, available now, is called Creative Quest. Michael Baca/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Questlove Aims To Save Your Brain: 'Creativity Might Be In Jeopardy'

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Lucibela's debut album is a joyful celebration of her native Cape Verde, a country grappling with historical hardships. N'Krumah Lawson Daku/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucibela Channels The Joy Of Cape Verde On 'Laço Umbilical'

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Kelela On Taking Herself Apart

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New Year's Resolution Help: NPR Seeks Your Alternatives To Swearing

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Radio Silence, a cocktail developed by Damon Boelte of the Grand Army Bar in Brooklyn to honor Robert Siegel. Jenna Sterner/NPR hide caption

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The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

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