Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg

“The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You”

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Launer Auditorium • 1001 Rogers Street
Columbia College Campus

About Nina Totenberg

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

Totenberg has primarily covered the Supreme Court for nearly 40 years. Most recently, she covered rulings on voting rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage.

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 re-open Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges. NPR received the prestigious Peabody Award for its coverage, which was anchored by Totenberg. The coverage earned Totenberg additional awards, among them: 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.

In 1988, Totenberg won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations. The jurors of the award stated, "Ms. Totenberg broke the story of Judge (Douglas) Ginsburg's use of marijuana, raising issues of changing social values and credibility with careful perspective under deadline pressure."

Totenberg has won every major journalism award in broadcasting, and is the only radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation award for Broadcaster of the Year.


Time Event Location
3:30 p.m. Q & A Panel Discussion for students, faculty and staff Dorsey Gymnasium
7:30 p.m. Lecture: “The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You” Launer Auditorium
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Previous Ethics in Society lectures

2013 Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation
2012 Christine Brennan, Award-winning Journalist, Sports Analyst and Best-Selling Author
2011 Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
2010 Michael Beschloss, award-winning presidential historian
2009 Edward James Olmos, actor, producer, director, Hollywood activist
2008 Mike Huckabee, former governer of Arkansas
2007 David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
2006 Soledad O’Brien, television journalist and CNN co-anchor
2005 Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Harvard Law School graduate and environmental ethics advocate
2004 Arun Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and grandson of the late Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
2003 John Kasich, former U.S. congressman
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