Elissa Nadworny, Reporter and Editor, NPR Ed

Talent Forward Moderator: Elissa Nadworny

Elissa Nadworny is a reporter for NPR covering education with a focus on college access. She’s working on a year-long project called the Changing Face of College, which includes a new look at career and technical education and the millions of high-paying trade jobs that remain unfilled. 

She's led her team's multiplatform strategy – incorporating radio, print, comics, and multimedia into the coverage of education. In 2017, she won a Murrow Award for excellence in innovation.  In addition to education, she's covered the Obama White House, Syrian refugees in Jordan, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and investigated the story behind her high school's skeleton. 

After the 2016 election, she traveled with Melissa Block across the U.S., telling stories about how people's identity is shaped by where they live. Their reporting won a 2018 James Beard Award.