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Nina Totenberg
Asa Mathat

Nina Totenberg

Correspondent, Legal Affairs

Nina Totenberg is NPR'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's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. Newsweek says, "The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the creme de la creme is Nina Totenberg."

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's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges. NPR received the prestigious 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.

That same 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; the Carr Van Anda Award from the Scripps School of Journalism; and the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting, which also acknowledged her coverage of Justice Thurgood Marshall's retirement.

Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. She is the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. 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 been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received a number of honorary degrees. On a lighter note, in 1992 and 1988 Esquire magazine named her one of the "Women We Love".

A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she 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.

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Sen. Schumer Declares Democrats Will Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

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Senators Question Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch On Day 3 Of Hearings

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Gorsuch Stresses Judicial Independence In Second Day Of Hearings

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Senators Grill Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch On His Judicial Philosophy

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Hearing Day 2: Senators To Question Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

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Confirmation Hearing Begins For Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

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Senate Panel To Begin Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faces his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday. A likely topic: regulation of federal agencies. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power

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Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court begin on Monday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Gorsuch's Writings Signal He Would Be A Conservative On Social Issues

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Mira Wang plays Roman Totenberg's long lost Ames Stradivarius violin in New York, on March 8, 2017. Wang, a former student of Totenberg's, played the instrument at a private concert in New York on March 13. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A Stolen, Then Recovered, Stradivarius Returns To The Stage

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The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that when there is clear evidence of racial bias during jury deliberations, they can be unsealed by a court to investigate whether the defendant's rights were violated. Joe Burbank/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Drops Transgender Teen's Challenge To School Bathroom Policy

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