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Michele Norris

NPR Host and Special Correspondent, and Founder of The Race Card Project

Why Michele Norris?

Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist & former host of NPR's longest running show All Things Considered

Norris engages audiences in an honest dialogue on the attitudes & beliefs about race in America since the election of President Barack Obama.

Norris is the author of The Grace of Silence & has developed two successful initiatives: The Race Card Project and NPR's Backseat Book Club

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About Michele Norris

Award-winning journalist Michele Norris is one of the most recognized voices in radio. She was host of NPR's longest-running national program, All Things Considered until 2012. Norris and All Things Considered received many of journalism's highest honors, including a Peabody Award, duPont Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and she was named the 2009 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, solidifying her as an in-demand speaker on current events and American culture.

In 2013, Norris was named host and special correspondent for NPR. While on sabbatical, Norris spent a time traveling the country and developing two successful initiatives: The Race Card Project and NPR's Backseat Book Club. Her new role will allow her to continue this work while producing in-depth segments for all NPR programs.

Before joining NPR, she served as a correspondent for ABC News, where she reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the national drug problem, and poverty. While at ABC, she earned an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to the network's coverage of 9/11.

In her 2010 book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, Norris focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of the Obama presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy. Tom Brokaw says the memoir makes her personal story a universal one: "Michele Norris takes us on a riveting personal journey from north to south and back again through the tangled landscape of race in America -- and teaches anew about the pain and possibilities of our past and future." It was named one of the year's best books by The Christian Science Monitor.


  • Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race
    NPR's Michele Norris discusses "The Race Card Project" and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America's attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in American history.

  • The Grace of Silence and the Power of Words
    Award-winning journalist Michele Norris's 2010 book The Grace of Silence started out as a quest to uncover how America talked about race in the wake of the Obama presidential election. What resulted was what Norris calls an "accidental memoir." Named one of the year's best books by The Christian Science Monitor, the book became an eye-opening family history lesson revealing her own family's racial legacy and the larger conversation surrounding race in America. The book has also led to the spinoff blog "The Race Card Project" and a deeper look at our attitudes and beliefs about race.

  • If You Meant It Then You Should Have Put a Stamp On It
    In this unique presentation, Michele Norris examines how old fashioned handwritten letters have helped define what is best about America, and explores how we hold on to that in the age of email, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  This refreshing talk looks at the profound impact and importance of letters written by presidents, CEOs, sportsmen, soldiers, pioneer women and pioneering scientists  -- and examines how we communicate today and what it may tell us about our tomorrow.