Melissa Block


Host, All Things Considered

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.


Photo Credit: Antony Nagelmann 2002

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Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 25, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Featuring Detroit artists performing as part of the MetroTimes Blowout

Song Artist Album
And She Was Talking Heads Little Creatures
Electricity Seth Glier If I Could Change One Thing
Can You Feel Me Now Flint Eastwood Late Nights In Bolo Ties
I Never Let You Go Flint Eastwood Live in the WDET Studios
You Got the Love Florence + The Machine Lungs
Wolf Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Repo Man Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Strange American Mars Chasing Vapor
Let Me Down Easy Paolo Nutini Caustic Love
Heartbreaker MSTRKRFT w/John Legend Fist of God
21st Century Life Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
Time Jungle Jungle
You're My Favorite Waste of Time Marshall Crenshaw The 9 Volt Years
Song Artist Album
Don't Come Around No More Blaire Alise & The Bombshells For My Darlin'
See You Around The Handgrenades Three Cheers for the Wonder Years
Hard Time Seinabo Sey For Madeleine EP
Can't Shake it Loose Funkadelic Funkadelic
Tessellate Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Everett Belcher Doop & The Inside Outlaws Everett Belcher
Son's Gonna Rise Citizen Cope The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Ain't Nothing Wrong with That Robert Randolph & The Family Band Colorblind
I'm Blue (the Gong-Gong Song) The Ikettes One Kiss Can Lead to Another
I Wish You Well Bill Withers Making Music
Wishing Well Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Wishing Well Bob Mould Workbook
You Don't Have to Believe Me Eric Hutchinson Sounds Like This
Getting By The Gasoline Gypsies The Gasoline Gypsies
Please Come Back mackinac mackinac
Song Artist Album
When I Watch You Sleeping Neil Young Storytone
Dark Sunglasses Chrissie Hynde Stockholm
New Friend Aqualung Magnetic North
Gooey Glass Animals Zaba
Worn The Paper Sound Trajectories
Spring to Come John Butler Trio Flesh & Blood
Ridin' Amp Fiddler Afro Strut
Something About Us Daft Punk Discovery
Ritual Union Little Dragon Ritual Union
Lost Control The Bruised Reed Pass Around the Easy Line
Rock 'n' Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
One More Time Alejandro Escovedo Gravity
Should Be Me Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms Heart String Soul