Nina Totenberg

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." She is also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program produced in the nation's capital.

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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12:01am

Tue June 28, 2011
Law

High Court OKs Sales Of Violent Video Game To Kids

California has lost its argument that the government should protect children from the effects of violent video games. The Supreme Court says the First Amendment protects their sale.
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The U.S. Supreme Court, wrapping up its current term, has struck down California's ban on the sale of violent video games to children. A divided court majority said the law violates the Constitution's guarantee of free expression.

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4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Law

Drug Industry Wins In 2 Supreme Court Rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the pharmaceutical industry two major victories on Thursday.

4:00am

Tue June 21, 2011
Law

High Court Limits Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in American history. It was a nationwide class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.5 million female employees.

3:00pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Law

Top Court Releases Options On Criminal Cases

The Supreme Court handed down opinions in a variety of criminal cases Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, the justices said judges cannot give extra jail time in hopes of rehabilitation. They also ruled on a case involving a 13-year-old boy who was questioned by police without being read his Miranda rights.

4:34am

Tue June 14, 2011
Law

High Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law

The Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada law that bars lawmakers from voting on or even debating matters in which they have a conflict of interest. A Nevada council member had challenged the law, asserting that it prohibited his first amendment rights.

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