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National Book Festival

Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. In 2002 she began hosting 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. She reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem and poverty. She has also reported for The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Norris has received numerous awards for her work. In 2009 she was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists. Norris has also been honored with NABJ's 2006 Salute to Excellence Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award. She was named one of Essence Magazine's 25 Most Influential Black Americans in 2009, elected to Ebony Magazine's Power 150 list in 2009 and honored with Ebony's 8th Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications Award in 2007. Norris also earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News' coverage of 9/11. Norris is a frequent guest on several Washington-based public affairs television programs. Her new book is "The Grace of Silence: A Memoir" (Pantheon). She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Michele Norris