President's Lecture Series


Michele Norris: NPR Host and Special Correspondent


Michele Norris

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President's Lecture Series


Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist, spent 13 years with NPR, most of that time hosting All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program. She also developed two initiatives: The Race Card Project, which encourages people to share their reflections on race, and NPR's Backseat Book Club. In 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama's presidential election and explores her family's racial legacy. Using her memoir as a catalyst for conversation, Norris has engaged thousands of students. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 to 2002. She has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the 2009 Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in electrical engineering, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied journalism.


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