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Star hates deadlines. She prefers the whooshing sound of her ragged tennis balls when they fly by.

Gloria Hillard

Gloria Hillard is a contributing correspondent for NPR. Her stories can be heard regularly on NPR’s award winning news programs, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Recognized for her signature storytelling, Hillard’s reports are frequently among the network’s most popular and shared stories. She has provided ongoing coverage of the impact of war on returning service members; followed the story of a child ravaged by the war in Afghanistan and given voice to the silent child victims of the meth epidemic. 

The Los Angeles Times recently recognized Hillard for her reporting on the children of meth- addicted mothers in Riverside County.

The explanation for NPR's increasing popularity is obvious: the high quality of its work. Although "All Things Considered" rarely airs 24-minute documentaries now, day in and day out it produces great journalism. Just in the last few weeks it broadcast a tough but fair story by Melissa Block about the fierce emotions released by the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which highlighted that conflict's ongoing relevance; a moving piece by Wade Goodwyn about the suicide of an Iraq War veteran suffering post-traumatic stress disorder; a thorough report by Gloria Hillard about crystal meth addiction in Riverside County; and dozens of other stories you couldn't find elsewhere.

As long as NPR does this kind of work, there should be many more happy birthdays for "All Things Considered."

Prior to NPR, Hillard was a CNN correspondent for 15 years. Based in Los Angeles she covered the major news stories of the region as well as providing the network with heartfelt, humorous and inspirational glimpses of our world.  In her regular feature, Hillard’s Hollywood, she interviewed and profiled numerous newsmakers and cultural icons- including politicians, musicians, actors and best-selling authors.