Melissa Block

Melissa Block joined NPR in 1985 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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3:35pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Around the Nation

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:46 pm

Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County.
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Drive down gravel Road 22 in Nebraska's York County, past weathered farmhouses and corn cut to stubble in rich, black loam soil, and you'll find a small barn by the side of the road.

Built of native ponderosa pine, the barn is topped with solar panels. A windmill spins furiously out front.

Known as the Energy Barn, it's a symbol of renewable energy, standing smack on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline — a project of the energy giant TransCanada.

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3:12pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Nebraska Landowners Sit At The Heart Of Keystone Controversy

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:58 pm

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Keystone XL - for years now, the pipeline has been tied up in polarizing argument about energy, jobs and the environment. Keystone's been argued in the U.S. Congress, in state court, at protests around the country and on late-night television.

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2:36pm

Thu September 4, 2014
News

Shark Encounter Wasn't 'Jaws,' Exactly — But It Was Still Jarring

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:01 pm

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This will not be your average kayaking story.

IDA PARKER: I did see the shark grab the kayak and flip it over.

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2:08pm

Tue September 2, 2014
News

Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 9:06 pm

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5:21pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Law

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:40 pm

Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.

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2:47pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Politics

Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:29 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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6:02pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Law

Federal Judge Rules Some College Players Are Entitled To Payment

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 7:52 pm

College athletes scored a major victory in court Friday. A federal judge issued a ruling that the NCAA violated antitrust law by prohibiting athletes from payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The ruling addressed football and basketball players in particular.

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2:33pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Iraq

U.S. Considers Taking To Air To Aid Iraqis Marooned On Mountaintop

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 4:43 pm

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2:04pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Africa

Ebola Casts A Shadow Over Obama's Africa Press Conference

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:29 pm

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2:17pm

Tue August 5, 2014
Sports

Player In Baseball's Steroid Scandal Surrenders To DEA

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:47 am

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2:58pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Movies

What's The Big Screen Recipe For A Good Guy-Cry? You Tell Us

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 1:50 pm

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OK, grab the tissues, get a firm shoulder to lean on. It's time for a big cry.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ANCHORMAN")

WILL FERRELL: (As Ron Burgundy) (Crying).

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4:16pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Politics

Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:04 pm

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request.

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2:06pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Iraq

The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:33 pm

NPR's Deborah Amos, author of Eclipse of the Sunnis, talks to Melissa Block about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so.

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2:36pm

Fri May 30, 2014
News

Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 5:07 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Melissa, can I have a word for a moment?

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Absolutely. How about, thymelici?

SIEGEL: Oh, the dancing chorus in ancient Greek plays?

BLOCK: Yeah.

SIEGEL: No, I was thinking more of, encaenia.

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3:43pm

Mon May 26, 2014
Remembrances

Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies

Herb Jeffries was the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies in the late 1930s, garnering him the nickname the "Bronze Buckeroo." The jazz baritone had a seven-decade career, including singing with Duke Ellington's Band. He died Sunday in California, at age 100.

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3:16pm

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.

3:16pm

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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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.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVAL RECORDING)

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3:16pm

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.

2:01pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Health Care

To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 6:00 pm

The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it.

2:00pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Media

'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:59 pm

The New York Times has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move.

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