National Public Radio’s award-winning legal correspondent to talk about Supreme Court Nov.10 at Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio‘s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, will talk about “The Supreme Court and its Impact on You” Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the ballroom of the Student Life Center, located off of 25th Avenue South, on Vanderbilt’s campus. Tickets are required for the event and will be available to Vanderbilt students beginning Tuesday, Oct. 25, and to the general public, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Sarratt Student Center box office.

Her lecture is part of the Project Dialogue series, a yearlong, university-wide program that seeks to involve the entire Vanderbilt community in public debate and discussion, and attempts to connect classroom learning with larger societal issues.

Project Dialogue, which started in 1989, is held every other year at the university and allows each student generation the opportunity to participate in two Project Dialogue series while attending Vanderbilt. Each year’s series centers on a particular theme. This academic year’s theme is "Crime & The Ultimate Punishment."

Totenberg’s coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazine shows All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. She is also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program produced in the nation’s capital.

It has been written in Newsweek magazine that “the mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the crème de la crème is Nina Totenberg.”

In 1991, her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill’s charges.

NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its “gavel-to-gavel” coverage – anchored by Totenberg – of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Hill’s allegations, and for Totenberg’s reports and exclusive interview with Hill.

Totenberg is a frequent contributor to major newspapers and publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine and New York Magazine.
Before joining NPR in 1975, Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine and as the legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer.

She is the recipient of the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism – an honor she shares with past winners Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Jane Pauley, Ed Bradley, Ted Turner and John Chancellor. Totenberg is the first radio journalist to receive the award.

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