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Mar. 9, 2005
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NPR's Nina Totenberg Wins Prestigious Carr Van Anda Award

WASHINGTON - NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg is the recipient of the prestigious Carr Van Anda Award given by The E. W Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Totenberg's reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

The award recognizes outstanding work by journalists throughout their careers. Past recipients include Otis Chandler, Walter Cronkite, Pauline Frederick, Katherine Graham, Seymour Hersh, James Reston, A.M. Rosenthal, Daniel Schorr, Howard K. Smith, Helen Thomas, and Mike Wallace.

Totenberg stated, "I am thrilled and honored to be in such illustrious company."

Bruce Drake, vice-president for news, said, "Nina justifiably joins a long list of distinguished journalists who have won this award, including our own Daniel Schorr. The authority she brings her reporting on the Supreme Court not only is a tremendous public service because of the way Nina demystifies and explains the Court's workings and decisions, but because she is one of the reporters who has put NPR on the map for millions of listeners."

Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. 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 George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage -- anchored by Totenberg -- of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill's allegations, and for Totenberg's reports and exclusive interview with Hill.

Totenberg's previous journalism honors include the Long Island University George Polk Award; the Sigma Delta Chi Award; the Joan S. Barone Award; the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award as Broadcaster of the Year; and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.

A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, Totenberg 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, Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine, and before that she was the legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer.

On Thursday, April 28, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University will present the Carr Van Anda Award to Totenberg at a luncheon on their main campus. Founded by the University in 1968, the Carr Van Anda Award memorializes the New York Times managing editor and Ohio University graduate.

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