WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon Featuring Melissa Block

WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring NPR's special correspondent, Melissa Block.

Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

We are pleased to announce that NPR's Melissa Block will be our speaker at our annual fundraising luncheon at the Hilton.

An invitation to host a table or join a WHQR table and more information are available by emailing Mary Bradley at mbradley@whqr.org. We ask for a suggested donation of $100 or more per guest at the luncheon (payable by cash, check or credit card). 

Corporate sponsorships are also available! It's the perfect way to promote your business in front of approximately 500 of our supporters and we are sure Melissa will be a great speaker. If you are interested in more information please email Kate at kbrandis@whqr.org or Jeff at jhunter@whqr.org

As special correspondent, Melissa Block produces richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as stories and series on the critical issues of our day. Her reporting spans both domestic and international news. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs, and develops podcasts based on her reporting.

Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR's future. No one exemplifies that blend better than 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.

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.

Block began at NPR in 1985 as an editorial assistant for All Things Considered and rose to become senior producer. From 1994 to 2002, she was a New York reporter and correspondent. Her reporting after the attacks of September 11, 2001, helped earn NPR a Peabody Award.

Listener-supported WHQR Public Radio was started 33 years ago to meet community needs and has expanded to offer two signals – 91.3fm HQR News and Classical HQR 96.7fm. HQR strives to offer news, music, entertainment and interaction to expand knowledge, encourage artistic appreciation, engage our community and promote civil discourse.