Melissa Block, who has hosted NPR’s All Things Considered for more than 12 years, is taking on a different role at the company. Block will now serve as a special correspondent, tackling everything from newsmaker profiles to long-form stories on vital issues impacting both the U.S. and the world.
Block will also serve as a guest-host on NPR news programs and develop new podcasts based on her reporting.
“Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR’s future,” said Mike Oreskes, NPR’s editorial director and senior vp of news, in a statement. “No one exemplifies that blend better than Melissa. As All Things Considered listeners well know, Melissa has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind.”
Block’s last day providing a soothing voice for All Things Considered will be August 14.