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Debbie Elliott

National public radio

NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott can be heard telling stories from her native South. She covers the latest news and politics, and is attuned to the region’s rich culture and history.  

For more than two decades, Elliott has been one of NPR’s top breaking news reporters. She has covered dozens of natural disasters – including tornadoes, floods, and major hurricanes from Andrew to Katrina to Harvey. She spent months reporting on the nation’s worst man-made environmental disaster, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, documenting its lingering impact on Gulf coast communities, and the complex legal battles that ensued. She launched the series, “The Disappearing Coast,” which examines Louisiana’s complicated relationship with the oil and gas industry, and the oil spill’s lasting imprint on a fragile coastline. 

A particular focus for Elliott has been exploring how Americans live through the prism of race, culture and history.  Her coverage links the lessons from the past to reflections on the struggle for equality in America today. Debbie is a former host of NPR’s news magazine All Things Considered on the Weekends. She reported on Congress from Capitol Hill, and has been watching Congressional and Presidential elections for more than two decades. 

Ms. Elliott was born in Atlanta, grew up in the Memphis area, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  She lives in south Alabama with her husband and two teenage children.