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Elissa Nadworny moves to National Desk

Elissa Nadworny
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Elissa Nadworny

In a note to newsroom staff, Ammad Omar, Chief National Editor, Catherine Laidlaw, Deputy National Desk Editor and Russell Lewis, National Desk Supervising Editor, made the following announcement:

We're thrilled to announce that Elissa Nadworny will be moving to the National Desk to cover reproductive rights and the surrounding debate for the rest of the year. 

Elissa has long been a correspondent on the Education Desk, covering higher education, but you have probably heard her covering a wide range of other stories as well. She recently traveled to Ukraine and Israel to cover the conflicts there. She's also a regular guest host on All Things ConsideredLife Kit and Weekend Edition. 

Her reporting has often centered on the most vulnerable, including stories highlighting the challenges new moms and pregnant women are facing in Gaza and an 8-month long reporting project tracking down children from a kindergarten class in eastern Ukraine.She's won numerous awards for her work, including a James Beard award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and several Gracie awards. 

Before joining NPR in 2014, Elissa worked for Bloomberg News, covering the White House 

Elissa will start her new beat in the coming weeks - we hope you join us in congratulating her on this new role! 

-Ammad, Catherine and Russell, and the rest of the National Desk team!

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Ammad Omar
Ammad Omar is the Chief National Editor for NPR News. He oversees a desk of nearly 50 journalists, based in bureaus across the country. National Desk correspondents cover breaking news and a broad range of topics, including criminal justice, immigration, national security, housing, state government and sports, among many others. The desk also works closely with hundreds of journalists across NPR's Member station network nationwide.
Catherine Laidlaw
Catherine Laidlaw is the deputy chief of NPR's National Desk. Based in Washington, D.C., she oversees the desk's daily and long-term news-gathering operations for audio and digital platforms, working with journalists in bureaus across the U.S. The desk also works closely with hundreds of journalists across NPR's nationwide network of Member stations.
Russell Lewis
As NPR's Southern Bureau chief, Russell Lewis covers issues and people of the Southeast for NPR — from Florida to Virginia to Texas, including West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. His work brings context and dimension to issues ranging from immigration, transportation, and oil and gas drilling for NPR listeners across the nation and around the world.