Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
College of Liberal Arts, April 17, 2006
Michele L. Norris, graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is the host of All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national news program. A native of Minnesota, she was a University of Minnesota-WCCO minority scholar, who was hired by the Chicago Tribune after graduation. Over the course of the next several years, she moved up in the newspaper industry, landing positions with the Los Angeles Times and then the Washington Post. She then moved to broadcasting with ABC News, a position she held for almost a decade. She reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem, and poverty. She is described as an esteemed political reporter with an exceptional understanding of social conditions and trends. She has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for her work, including the 1989 Livingston Award and both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.