For immediate release
February 18, 1999

NPR's Nina Totenberg Named Broadcaster Of The Year
Journalist to Receive NPF Award
in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 1999

WASHINGTON, D.C. NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg will receive the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation (NPF) in a Washington awards ceremony on February 24. Ms. Totenberg is the first radio journalist to receive the Taishoff award. Past honorees include Ted Koppel, David Brinkley, Jane Pauley, John Chancellor, Ted Turner, Barbara Walters, and Dan Rather.

Ms. Totenberg was selected to receive the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award as Broadcaster of the Year because NPF's selection committee "felt that she has clearly stood out as a leader in her field (of legal coverage) with strong reporting, expert analysis and great credibility." Ms. Totenberg, who is also a frequent contributor to ABC News' Nightline and the weekly Inside Washington television show, has impressed lawyers, legal scholars, and lay people alike with her ability to simplify complex legal issues and help make subtle arguments vivid and clear. Her previous journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. Dupont/ Columbia University Silver Baton Award, George Polk Award, eight Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association, and the Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative journalism.

Ms. Totenberg's reports air regularly on NPR's critically-acclaimed newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The NPF awards will be presented Wednesday, February 24 during the Foundation's 16th Annual Awards Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Other journalists chosen to receive honors that evening are Herb Block of The Washington Post, John Carroll of The Baltimore Sun, and David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The National Press Foundation is one of the nation's premier non-profit organizations offering programs and awards for print and broadcast journalists. Conceived and directed by distinguished journalists and concerned citizens, the Foundation pursues a nationwide agenda of conferences, forums, fellowships and awards for working journalists, and supports selected journalistic enterprises.