NPR host and special correspondent Melissa Block, one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices, comes to Pittsburgh on March 19 for a conversation about the past, present and future of journalism—part of the Media Innovators Speaker Series at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Tickets are still available for this event, which is a presentation of WESA and Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation.
Here is a sampling of Block's work as a correspondent:
- Major Earthquake Rocks Southwest China
- When the Border in Just Next Door, Crossing it is a Fact of Daily Life
- In Southeast Alaska, the Ferry System is a Lifeline
- Parkland Family Reflects on a Year of Anguish and Activism
Block began her career at NPR in 1985 as an editorial assistant for All Things Considered, and rose through the ranks to become the program's senior producer. She is the recipient of the 2019 Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, awarded by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her reporting after the 9/11 attacks helped earn NPR a George Foster Peabody Award. Block's reporting on rape as a weapon of war in Kosovo was cited by the Overseas Press Club of America in awarding NPR the Lowell Thomas Award in 1999.