Totenberg spoke to students before
National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg
spoke before a capacity crowd at Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon’s Center for
the Performing Arts on Thursday, February 24, 2011. More than 600 people attended
Totenberg's presentation, “The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You.”
Nina Totenberg at R-MC
to view a slideshow of photos from Totenberg's visit.
Totenberg’s presentation focused on the role of women on the Supreme Court. She
highlighted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s pioneering fight for gender equality before
appointment to the high court. She also noted the accomplishments of Retired Justice
Sandra Day O’Connor and the changing face of the court with the additions of Justices
Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Before the lecture, Totenberg spent time with R-MC students, who were given an opportunity
to discuss the correspondent's work and her experience reporting on the Supreme
Court. Totenberg was asked what impact the proposed federal budget cuts will have
on NPR. Totenberg responded that she expects the biggest impact will be on the local
affiliates that may go out of business without crucial federal and state funding.
This event was sponsored by the Watkins Lecture Series, which was established in
1999 by Marion Watkins Herget and Dr. George D. Watkins ’44 and is named in honor
of their parents. The program has hosted a number of notable speakers including
civil rights leader Julian Bond, journalists Bob Woodward and David Gergen and Rubin
Nina Totenberg’s reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines,
All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
Totenberg's coverage of legal affairs and the Supreme Court has won her widespread
recognition. Newsweek says, "The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All
Things Considered. But the crème de la crème 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 groundbreaking 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 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
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; 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
In 1988, Totenberg won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for
her coverage of Supreme Court nominations. She has also been honored eight times
by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting, and
has received a number of honorary degrees.
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,
Totenberg has won every major journalism award in broadcasting, and is the only
radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation award for Broadcaster
of the Year.
For more information about this event or other R-MC programs, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.