Melissa Block Biography
Melissa Block is an American award-winning Journalist and radio host who serves as a special correspondent and guest host of NPR’s news programs. She’s responsible for in-depth profiles of newsmakers, as well as long-form stories and series on hot topics.
Melissa Block Age
Block is 60 years old as of 2021. She was born on December 28, 1961. She celebrates her birthday on 28th December every year.
Melissa Block Height
Block stands at a height of 5 ft 5 in. (1.65 m)
Melissa Block Family
Block was born in the United States. Her family is of Jewish ancestry and were craftsmen. Her parents owned a crafts store in Old Chatham, New York called Handcrafters. However, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed her parents names. It is also not known if Melissa has any siblings.
Melissa Block Husband
Block is happily married to the love of her life, Stefan Fatsis. Fatsis is an author and journalist. He regularly appears as a guest on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered daily radio news program.
Melissa Block Net Worth
Block has an estimated net worth of $1,148,602 which she has earned through her successful career as a journalist.
Melissa Block Salary
Block earns an annual salary of $69,992.
Melissa Block Education
Block graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University in 1983 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Geneva.
Melissa Block Career
Block is an American Journalist and radio host who currently serves as a special correspondent and guest host of NPR’s news programs. Her work has earned her numerous awards in journalism, and she is one of NPR’s most well-known and well-liked voices.
Block’s reporting carried her from the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the heart of Rio de Janeiro; from rural Mozambique to the northernmost reaches of Alaska as co-host of All Things Considered from 2003 to 2015. Her compelling reporting from Sichuan, China, during and after the devastating earthquake in 2008 brought sorrow to millions of listeners across the world.
Block had the foresight to record a compelling, real-time narration of the seismic upheaval she was witnessing at the time the earthquake struck. Judges who awarded NPR’s earthquake coverage the top honors in broadcast journalism: the George Foster Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, singled out her long-form story about a desperate couple searching in the rubble for their toddler son.
Block’s reporting on subjects ranging from gun violence to adult illiteracy to opioid addiction now engages both the heart and the mind as a special correspondent. She traveled across the country in 2017 for the series “Our Land,” visiting a variety of towns to investigate how our identity is impacted by where we live. She paddled the Mississippi River, went salmon fishing off the coast of Alaska, and accompanied an immigrant family as they became citizens of the United States for that series. In 2018, she won a James Beard Award for her report about the Chinese community in the Mississippi Delta.
Block received the 2019 Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, as well as the Fulbright Association’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. She began her career as an editorial assistant for NPR’s All Things Considered in 1985 and ascended through the ranks to become the program’s senior producer.
She worked as a reporter and correspondent in New York from 1994 to 2002, during which time the terrorist attacks of September 11 shaped her career. Following the attacks, her reporting helped NPR win the George Foster Peabody Award. The Overseas Press Club of America honored NPR with the Lowell Thomas Award in 1999 for Block’s reporting on rape as a weapon of war in Kosovo.
Block is currently working at NPR where she works alongside other famous NPR anchors and reporters including;
- Richard Gonzales
- Eleanor Beardsley
- Ramtin Arablouei
- Amanda Aronczyk
- Deborah Amos
- Daniel Alarcon
- Bobby Allyn
- Greg Allen
- Rund Abdelfatah