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NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg to speak Feb. 11 at the U. of I.

1/29/2013 | Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor | 217-333-2894; cdchambe@illinois.edu

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN,Ill. — NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg will give a talk Feb. 11 at the University of Illinois, part of a campus visit connected with Totenberg receiving the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

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NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, winner of the 2012 Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, will give a public talk on Feb. 11 as part of a U. of I. campus visit. | Photo by Steve Barrett/NPR

Totenberg’s talk is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 1025) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk is free and open to the public.

The NPR correspondent has been honored numerous times for both her explanatory reporting and major stories on the U.S. Supreme Court and its nominees.

“She has established herself as this nation’s premier legal reporter,” Rich Martin, the head of the Illinois journalism department, said when Totenberg was named last fall as the latest Illinois Prize recipient.

Her visit to the Illinois campus is “a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and people in the community to hear from someone covering one of the most powerful institutions in our country,” Martin said.

Among other activities during Totenberg’s stay will be a dinner with university faculty and administrators, a visit with a journalism class and a lunch at the law school.

Totenberg formally received her award on Oct. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. She is the fifth journalist to receive it. Ben Bradlee, Seymour Hersh, Gay Talese and Mike Wallace won previously.

The prize honors people whose career contributions to public affairs reporting “represent the highest and best achievements of American journalism.” The recipient is selected by the faculty of the journalism department, within the U. of I. College of Media.

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