WCMU Welcomes NPR’s Melissa Block

Melissa Block

WCMU Public Media has announced that NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block will be visiting Northern Michigan with a September 14 event at the Traverse City Opera House.  Block will discuss the changing landscape of the media.

The event is part of WCMU Public Media’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The City Opera House event is a way for the network to get “out and about” in the communities it serves, said Ken Kolbe, WCMU Public Media General Manager. The Traverse City area has one of the network’s largest concentrations of listeners and viewers, he added.

“We’ve been trying to do more community outreach, and bringing in a prominent person from NPR has been a goal,” Kolbe said.

During her 30-year career, Block has served as a correspondent, covering everything from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Hurricane Katrina and as a long-time host of “All Things Considered.” Along the way she earned many of broadcast journalism’s top honors. Currently she’s a special correspondent who travels the country for her reports.

In Traverse City she’ll reflect on media’s changing face and answer audience questions.

Tickets for the event are free and include a public reception following Block’s appearance. To reserve, visit cityoperahouse.org.