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MICHELE NORRIS HONORED BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA COVERAGE; ALLISON KEYES RECOGNIZED FOR CIVIL RIGHTS SERIES

NPR Led Radio News Organizations with Finalists and Honorees


Washington, D.C.; August 22, 2006 – NPR journalists Michele Norris and Allison Keyes were both honored with “Salute to Excellence” Awards at the 31st National Association of Black Journalists convention in Indianapolis. The awards were presented at the annual gala, August 19.

Norris, host of the NPR news magazine All Things Considered, received the 2006 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) “Salute to Excellence Award for Radio Features” for her reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The award also named the contribution of producer Andrea Hsu, engineer Ivan Burketh and All Things Considered Executive Producer Chris Turpin.

Keyes, a reporter for the NPR News national desk, was honored with the “Salute to Excellence Award for Radio News” for her two-part series on civil rights organizations, which aired on the daily series News & Notes with Ed Gordon.

The NPR News coverage of Africa was named a finalist in the competition; recognized were correspondents Jason Beaubien and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, along with editor Didi Schanche.

The NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards honor exemplary coverage of people or issues in the African Diaspora.

Norris’ Katrina reporting for All Things Considered focused on the individual stories of several residents, including New Orleans evacuee Sharon White. Norris met White at a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge soon after the storm and has been reporting on the woman’s saga for the past year, including a seventh report scheduled for September 2006. NABJ also praised Norris’ coverage of New Orleans residents who refused to leave their homes and a search and rescue mission led by a unit of the Texas National Guard.

Keyes’ series “Are Civil Rights Organizations Still Relevant?” aired on News & Notes on February 1-2, 2005. The series focused on the Civil Rights organizations’ current missions and leaders as well as their impact on society today.

Norris is an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience. She began hosting All Things Considered on December 9, 2002. A four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant, Norris has received numerous awards for her work, including the 1990 Livingston Award and both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award.

Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She joined NPR in 2002 and has been reporting for the national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.

To listen to the award-winning stories from Norris and Keyes, visit www.NPR.org.