Journalist, Writer and NPR Host Michele Norris to Speak on Campus


Online Reservations for Free Public Lecture Open at 10 a.m. on March 15

CHICAGO (March 15, 2013) – Columbia College Chicago wraps its 2012-13 season of its Conversations in the Arts series with NPR’s “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris on April 16 at 6 p.m. The free, public lecture will be in the Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Theater seating is limited so advanced registration is highly recommended. RSVP at

An award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, Michele Norris hosts NPR’s newsmagazine “All Things Considered,” public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News from 1993-2002. She has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

In September 2010, Norris released her book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.” The book focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores Norris’s own family’s racial legacy.  Using her memoir as a catalyst for conversation, Norris has addressed thousands of students through campus “One Book” programs, encouraging discussions about the history of race relations in the U.S.

Norris has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2010 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for co-hosting the program, “The York Project: Race and the 2008 Vote”; the 2009 Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2006 Salute to Excellence Award, for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina; the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award; and the 1990 Livingston Award. In 2007, she was honored with Ebony Magazine’s Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications Award, and in 2009 was named one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans.” Norris also earned an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News’ coverage of Sept. 11.

Event Information:

WHEN:           April 16, 6 p.m.

WHERE:         Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Eighth Floor

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Theater seating is limited. RSVP at beginning at 10 a.m. on March 15.

INFO:              For questions or additional information, write to

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