Michele Norris

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Michele L. Norris
Michele Norris 2014.jpg
Born (1961-09-07) September 7, 1961 (age 54)
Education University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) ABC World News
The Chicago Tribune
The Los Angeles Times
The Washington Post
Spouse(s) Broderick D. Johnson

Michele L. Norris (/ˈmʃɛl ˈnɔrɪs/ MEE-shel NOR-iss;[1] born September 7, 1961) is an American radio journalist and former host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered, which she joined on December 9, 2002. She was the first African-American female host for NPR.[2]


Early years[edit]

Norris was born in Minnesota to Betty and Belvin Norris Jr. She attended Washburn High School in Minneapolis, and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she studied electrical engineering, and later the University of Minnesota, where she received an honorary degree in journalism in 2005.


Norris was a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 to 2002. She wrote for The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. In 1990, while at The Washington Post, Norris received the Livingston Award for articles she wrote about the life of a six-year-old boy who lived with a crack-addicted mother in a crack house. In 2002, Norris won an Emmy Award.

Norris joined National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered on December 9, 2002. She was the first African-American female host for NPR.[3] Audie Cornish replaced Norris due to Norris's decision to step down from All Things Considered during the 2012 election year because her husband had taken a position in the Obama re-election campaign.[4] On January 3, 2013, it was announced that Cornish would remain the host of the show and that Norris would instead return as a special correspondent.[5]

She is also the author of The Grace of Silence, a book that started as an extension of an NPR series about race relations in the United States called the Race Card Project.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Norris lives in the District of Columbia with her husband, Broderick D. Johnson, and her son, daughter, and stepson. Norris announced on October 24, 2011, that she would temporarily step down from her All Things Considered hosting duties and refrain from involvement in any NPR political coverage due to her husband's appointment to the Barack Obama 2012 presidential re-election campaign.[7] On January 3, 2013, NPR announced that Norris would be returning to the organization in a new role as host/special correspondent, and that Audie Cornish would be taking her place on ATC.[8]


In 2009 the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) awarded Norris its Journalist of the Year award.[9]

Chuck Holmes, Melissa Bear, Adrian Kinloch, Walter Ray Watson, and Michele Norris accept the Peabody Award for "The Race Card Project."

Her NPR partnered radio special series The Race Card Project won a Peabody Award in 2014.[10]


  1. ^ Hepola, Sarah (2007). "Heart of Glass: My sexual fantasies about NPR". Nerve. p. 2. Take Michele Norris, co-host of All Things Considered... there was the contrarian pronunciation of her first name, MEE-shell, which was staunchly enforced by every guest, all of whom must have been given a ten-minute primer prior to air. 
  2. ^ "Michele Norris Biography". The HistoryMakers. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Michele Norris Biography". The HistoryMakers. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  4. ^ "New ATC and Weekend Edition Sunday hosts". Michigan Radio. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ Memmott, Mark (2013-01-03). "NPR's Michele Norris Returning As Host/Special Correspondent : The Two-Way". NPR. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ Sragow, Michael (2010-09-24) "Michele Norris' new book reveals 'The Grace of Silence'", The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  7. ^ "An Update for ATC Listeners", NPR. Retrieved 10-24-2011.
  8. ^ Memmott, Mark (3 January 2013). "NPR's Michele Norris Returning As Host/Special Correspondent". NPR.org (National Public Radio). Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  9. ^ "National Association of Black Journalists". Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  10. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.


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