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

Melissa Gray

Senior Producer, All Things Considered

Melissa Gray is a senior producer for All Things Considered.

She is the curator of the ongoing series Found Recipes and was the woman behind the Men Series, which explored men's changing roles in society. Gray, who holds two fine arts degrees and is known around the newsroom for her cartoons, got her start at Member station WUGA in Athens, GA. From there, she went on to report 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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How Slick Rick And Queen Latifah 'Breathed Life Into Hip-Hop' In 1988

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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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Stephen Wade's new album, Across the Amerikee: Showpieces from Coal Camp to Cattle Trail, was released this June. Michael G. Stewart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Wade Goes 'Across The Amerikee' With Historical Banjo And Guitar Music

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Summer Potluck Dishes To Withstand The Heat And Please Crowds

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All Hail The Presidential Also-Rans

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Matzo ball soup is a classic recipe straight from Eastern Europe. But not all Jews from the region came to the New World via Ellis Island, as reflected in this jalapeño-inflected family recipe from chef Pati Jinich. Copyright Ellen Silverman hide caption

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For Rosh Hashana, A Matzo Ball Soup By Way Of Mexico

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