The American Law Institute

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal-affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Ms. Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. Newsweek said of her, "The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the crème de la crème is Nina Totenberg." She is also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public-affairs television program produced in the nation's capital.

In 1991, her groundbreaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Ms. Hill's charges. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage—anchored by Ms. Totenberg—of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill's allegations, and for Ms. Totenberg's reports and exclusive interview with Ms. Hill.

That same coverage earned Ms. Totenberg additional awards, including the Long Island University George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting, and the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national-affairs/public-policy reporting, which also acknowledged her coverage of Justice Thurgood Marshall's retirement.

Ms. Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. She is the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. Among other honors recognizing a lifetime of excellence in journalism, Ms. Totenberg has received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award, the Carr Van Anda Award from the Scripps School of Journalism, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.

Ms. Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received a number of honorary degrees. On a lighter note, Esquire magazine twice named her one of the "Women We Love."

A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade magazine, New York magazine, and others.

Before joining NPR in 1975, Ms. Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times magazine, and before that she was the legal affairs correspondent for The National Observer.

The ALI Council designated Ms. Totenberg an Honorary Member of the Institute in January 2012.

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