NPR’s Melissa Block in Lake Placid for public discussion

LAKE PLACID — North Country Public Radio will host a discussion here this week with NPR’s Melissa Block about her career as well as the past and future of public radio.

The event will take place at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Block is NPR’s special correspondent and former host of the “All Things Considered” news program. She and NCPR General Manager Ellen Rocco will discuss Block’s career in public radio while being interviewed by NCPR’s Brian Mann, who sometimes reports for NPR as well.

Block co-hosted “All Things Considered” from 2003 to 2015. In her reporting she has covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China, in 2008. Her coverage of the earthquake won her several awards.

Then on Thursday at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NCPR will commemorate the retirement of three members of NCPR’s old guard: Rocco, former Director of Broadcast and Digital Content Jackie Sauter, and News Director Martha Foley. Both events are free and open to the public.