Melissa Block is a 24-year veteran of NPR and has been hosting All Things Considered since 2003, after nearly a decade as an NPR correspondent based in New York.
Her stories from Sichuan, China, in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in May 2008, earned NPR a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a National Headliner Award, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Among other breaking news stories that Melissa has covered are Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Lately you may have noticed that Melissa has been hosting All Things Considered from the studios of NPR West here in Southern California. She's been traveling throughout the West, stalking movie stars and finding out why New Seasons is one of the most popular supermarkets in Oregon.
It's been a hectic trip, but she was kind enough to take a few moments out to speak with KPCC's local All Things Considered host Alex Cohen. Melissa shares her view on the differences between covering the Bush administration and the Obama administration and what it's like hosting from Culver City.