By Shelby Clark Petkus
Michele Norris, the award-winning journalist famed for her work on National Public Radio, comes to East Lansing this month. She will be a part of the Wharton Center’s “World View Lecture Series” presented in partnership with the MSU Office of the President.
Norris, who currently works as a host and special corresponder for NPR, previously served as a co-host with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block of NPR’s newsmagazine “All Things Considered,” the longest-running national public radio program. Norris stayed with the program from 2002-2012, where she stepped away during the 2012 presidential campaign. During this period of time, Norris developed the “The Race Card Project” and NPR’s “Backseat Book Club.”
With her recognizable voice, Norris will bring to her lecture the same captivating information she’s presented in the news world since her days serving as an ABC News correspondent where she covered the aftermath of 9/11, education, America’s inner cities, poverty and the national drug problem.
Norris was recently named one of Essence magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans” and has received the Peabody Award, the duPont Award and “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists. The famed journalist also published a book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” on the talks of race in America following Obama’s election as president.
Norris will begin her show at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. The Wharton Center is located at 750 E. W. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. Tickets for Michele Norris’ lecture are $20 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at http://www.whartoncenter.com, 1-800-Wharton or at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at the Wharton Center.