Elissa Nadworny reports and edits for the NPR Ed Team. She's led the team's multiplatform strategy – using radio, print, comics, and multimedia to cover education. In 2018, she won a James Beard Award for a story about food, grocery stories and the Chinese-American population living in the Mississippi Delta. In 2017, she was part of the NPR Ed team that won a Murrow Award for excellence in innovation. As a reporter, she's covered many education topics including new education research, chronic absenteeism, college access for low-income students, and the changing demographics of higher ed.
Before joining NPR she helped cover the White House for Bloomberg News, had the opportunity to cover food security in the Middle East for USA Today, intern for the Chicago Tribune’s video team and report on education in Chicago and DC for Medill Reports.
In 2013 Elissa produced a short film about the housing crisis in Chicago. The film follows an organization that takes over abandoned properties left over from the foreclosure crisis on Chicago’s South and West sides. She has a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and completed her undergraduate work in documentary film at Skidmore College. She's worked as a video producer at the advertising agency, Palio+Ignite and ran a production company shooting and editing promotional videos for clients.