Melissa Block

Melissa Block is a 26-year veteran of NPR and has been hosting All Things Considered since 2003, after nearly a decade as an NPR correspondent.

Frequently reporting from communities in the center of the news, Block was in Chengdu, China, preparing for a weeklong broadcast when a massive earthquake struck the region in May 2008. Immediately following the quake, Block, along with co-host Robert Siegel and their production team, traveled throughout Sichuan province to report extensively on the destruction and relief efforts. Their riveting coverage aired across all of NPR's programs and was carried on major news organizations around the world. In addition, the reporting was recognized with the industry's top honors including a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a National Headliner Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Throughout her career, Block has covered major news events for NPR ranging from on-the-scene reporting from the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the days following Hurricane Katrina to a series from Texas gauging the impact of the Iraq War on the surrounding communities. Her reporting after the September 11, 2001 attacks was part of coverage that earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award. Block's reporting from Kosovo in 1999 was cited among stories for which NPR News won an Overseas Press Club Award.

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2:11pm

Fri June 13, 2014
From Our Listeners

Letters: The World Cup And The Stanley Cup

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:23 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's time now for your letters. And first, a few moments to set some things straight. Yesterday, my co-host Audie Cornish spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of BP, who stepped down in 2007 amid a scandal involving a male escort. Now Browne has written a book urging the business world to create a better environment for gay and lesbian employees.

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JOHN BROWNE: Certainly, if you look at the S&P 500, there isn't one out, gay CEO.

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2:27pm

Thu May 29, 2014
Television

TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:11 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Instead of taking their usual summer vacation, the TV networks are working to get your attention this summer. They're hoping to lure your eyes away from cable channels and online shows. To talk about some of the hot summer programming that will be on the schedule, I'm joined now by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. And Eric, summer is usually when the networks slow down, but not this year. What's going on?

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3:17pm

Mon May 26, 2014
Education

Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 3:43 pm

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

3:17pm

Mon May 26, 2014
Remembrances

On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 3:43 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

At Arlington National Cemetery on this memorial day President Obama paid tribute to the country's war dead. The President had just returned from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.

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3:17pm

Mon May 26, 2014
U.S.

What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 3:43 pm

Scott Gold, senior writer for The Los Angeles Times discusses Elliot Rodger, the man who police say went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., last week before killing himself.

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