University Speaker Series Michele Norris @ Tilson

Co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”

7 p.m. – February 22, 2012
Tilson Auditoium

Sponsored by the ISU African American Alumni Council and WFIU



Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, has hosted NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block since December 2002. She is also a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show on NBC News.

Norris released her first book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” in 2010, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election, and explores her own family’s racial legacy.

Prior to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 – 2002. As a contributing correspondent for the “Closer Look” segments on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Norris reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation’s drug problem, and poverty. She has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.

A four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant, Norris has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2010 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award; the 2009 Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2006 Salute to Excellence Award, for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2009 was named one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans.” Norris also earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News’ coverage of 9/11.