Totenberg to speak at UI
CHAMPAIGN — Veteran NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, the voice of every major Supreme Court story in recent memory, will give a talk Feb. 11 at the University of Illinois.
Totenberg was recently awarded the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
Her talk will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in the auditorium (Room 1025) of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. It is free and open to the public.
The NPR legal affairs correspondent has been honored numerous times for her explanatory reporting and major stories on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"She has established herself as this nation's premier legal reporter," said Rich Martin, head of the Department of Journalism, when Totenberg formally received her award Oct. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington.
Her visit to campus is "a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and people in the community to hear from someone covering one of the most powerful institutions in our country," Martin said.
Totenberg will attend a dinner with faculty and administrators, visit with a journalism class and have lunch at the law school.
She is the fifth journalist to receive the Illinois Prize, along with Ben Bradlee, Seymour Hersh, Gay Talese and Mike Wallace.
The prize honors people whose career contributions to public affairs reporting "represent the highest and best achievements of American journalism." The recipient is selected by the faculty of the journalism department.