Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for NPR programs such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, will deliver the keynote address at Albany Law School's 162nd Commencement. She will also receive an honorary degree.
Watch Commencement live starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013.
Justice Karen Peters of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department will receive an honorary doctorate, and New York State Bar Association President Seymour James, Jr., will receive the Dean's Medal.
The ceremony will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Watch the event live.
Totenberg has received numerous accolades and widespread recognition for her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs, including her ground-breaking report in 1991 about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas, which led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges.
Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation – the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. In 1988, Totenberg won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations.
The American Bar Association has honored Totenberg seven times for continued excellence in legal reporting, and she has received a number of honorary degrees. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, New York Magazine and others.
Before joining NPR in 1975, Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine, and before that she was the legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer.