Dorian Block

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Senior Staff Associate

Dorian Block is a Senior Staff Associate at the Columbia Aging Center. Over the past decade, she has both been an award-winning journalist and a leader in designing communities that value older people. Dorian began her career as a reporter at The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe and The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA), writing more than 1,000 articles and winning awards from the New England Press Association, the Deadline Club and the Society of Silurians. In 2010, she left journalism to manage the Age-friendly NYC initiative at The New York Academy of Medicine, compelled by its innovative approach to aging. Under Dorian’s management, Age-friendly NYC implemented improvements to New York City streets, parks, businesses, cultural organizations and neighborhoods and was named “Best Age-friendly Initiative” in the world by the International Federation on Aging. In this role, Dorian also advised governments, non-profits and businesses around the world interested in implementing similar initiatives.


Education and Training: 
MS, 2007, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
BA, 2004, Brandeis University 


Honors and Awards: 
Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association, 2013