Award-winning NPR journalist Michele Norris is the keynote speaker for the 2013 Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration.
Norris has hosted NPR’s program “All Things Considered” since 2002. Before joining the media organization, she worked as a correspondent for ABC News, where she won an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her coverage of 9/11.
During her career, Norris has won many other awards, including the 2009 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award, Ebony Magazine’s Annual Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award, and the honor of being named among Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Black Americans.
In 2010, she published her first book, “The Grace of Silence,” a memoir focusing on America’s perceptions of race and reaching into the past to uncover secrets within her own family. It was named one of the year’s best books by The Christian Science Monitor. Norris attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in electrical engineering. She graduated from the University of Minneapolis with a degree in journalism.
For more about Michele, go to www.michele-norris.com.