Nina Totenberg, an award-winning journalist, joins Navin to talk about how she chooses her battles – both personally and professionally – and how she looks at situations from other people’s perspectives.

Guest Bio

Nina Totenberg (born January 14, 1944) is an American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) focusing primarily on the activities and politics of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. From 1992 to 2013, she was also a panelist on the syndicated TV political commentary show Inside Washington.

Nina has the George Foster Peabody Award, George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, and the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting (the latter also in part for her coverage of the retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall). The American Library Association presented her with its James Madison Award, given to those who “championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know”. She also earned the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting.

Nina has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for excellence in legal reporting and won the first-ever Toni House award presented by the American Judicature Society for a career body of work, and was the first radio journalist to be honored by the National Press Foundation as Broadcaster of the Year. She has written articles for the Harvard Law Review (including tributes to Justices William J. Brennan, Jr. and Lewis Powell when they retired; The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine; the Christian Science Monitor; and numerous other legal and general circulation publications. She also contributed to the Jewish Women’s Archive’s online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

Guest Social Media/Contact info

Twitter – @NinaTotenberg
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National Public Radio –
Interview with Barack Obama
Interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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