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The Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward R. Murrow Award honorees have a demonstrated commitment to excellence that exemplifies the career of Edward R. Murrow. The men and women who are named as Murrow Award winners are those who will be remembered as the pillars of the communication industry.

Since the 1990s, the Murrow School has honored the achievements of top leaders in the communication industry at the symposium. Each year’s honoree presents a public address on campus to highlight the symposium.

Melissa Block: 2019 Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Melissa Block, NPR special correspondent, will be a keynote speaker and Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the 44th Murrow Symposium. Ms. Block will speak about her distinguished career in broadcast journalism, her prolific work for NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as her commitment to upholding the legacy of Edward R. Murrow.

As co-host of All Things Considered from 2003 to 2015, Block’s reporting took her everywhere from the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the heart of Rio de Janeiro; from rural Mozambique to the farthest reaches of Alaska. Her riveting reporting from Sichuan, China, during and after the massive earthquake there in 2008 helped earn NPR broadcast journalism’s top honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR’s future. No one exemplifies that blend better than Ms. Block. As listeners well know, she has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind. It is why she has earned such a devoted following throughout her 30-year career at NPR.

Melissa Block will speak on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the CUB Auditorium. The award ceremony is open to all students, staff, faculty and the community. Event registration is mandatory as seats are limited. Registration opens Monday, February 4.
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