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Melissa Block (born December 28, 1961) is an American radio host and journalist. She co-hosted NPR's All Things Considered news program from 2003 until August 14, 2015.[1] In August 2015 she became a Special Correspondent for NPR, responsible for detailed profiles of newsworthy figures, and long-form stories and series on topical issues.[1]

Melissa Block
Melissa Block at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards (cropped).jpg
BornDecember 28, 1961
EducationRadcliffe College
University of Geneva
OccupationJournalist, Radio host
Notable credit(s)
National Public Radio
Spouse(s)Stefan Fatsis

She began her NPR career in 1985 as an editorial assistant for ATC and rose to become ATC's senior producer. From 1994 to 2002, she was a New York reporter and correspondent for NPR. Her reporting after the September 11 attacks helped earn NPR a Peabody Award in 2001.[2][1]



In 2008, Block was recording an interview in Chengdu, China, when the area was struck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.[3] Her earthquake coverage earned her a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a National Headliner Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award. Her coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award. Also, her reporting from Kosovo in 1999 for NPR won an Overseas Press Club Award.[2]

She graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Geneva.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c [1] Melissa Block Takes on Expanded Role at NPR News, NPR (website), August 14, 2015
  2. ^ a b "Melissa Block". NPR. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  3. ^ [2] "Thousands Feared Dead as Earthquake Hits China", NPR. May 12, 2008, accessed July 29, 2008
  4. ^ "WEDDINGS; Melissa Block, Stefan Fatsis". The New York Times. March 3, 2002. Retrieved May 26, 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Geneva.

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