Judges : National
Special Correspondent/Host, NPR
Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience and a former Livingston Award winner. She is a special correspondent and host for NPR. Previously, she hosted NPR's newsmagazine “All Things Considered,” public radio's longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.
Norris co-hosted NPR's 2008 Democratic presidential candidates' debate, covered both conventions and moderated a series of conversations with voters on the intersection of race and politics. The series of stories that evolved from those discussions, "The York Project: Race and the 2008 Vote," earned Norris a 2010 duPont-Columbia Award. Those discussions on race also led Norris to author her first book, "The Grace of Silence" about "hidden conversations on race" in America.
Other honors for Norris incude both an Emmy and Peabody award for her contribution to ABC News' coverage of 9/11. She was awared the National Association of Black Journalists' 2009 Journalist of the Year Award for her reporting of the 2008 presidential campaign. She has also been honored with NABJ's 2006 Salute to Excellence Award, for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award. Her Washington Post series about a six-year-old who lived in a crack house earned her the 1989 Livingston Award.
Before arriving at NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News, a post she held from 1993 - 2002. As a contributing correspondent for the “Closer Look” segments on “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” Norris reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem, and poverty. Norris also worked as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post.
Norris attended the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in electrical engineering, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied journalism. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is married to Broderick Johnson.