Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent

Nina Totenberg
  • Tue October 29, 2024 at 8:00 pm

For more than 40 years, Nina Totenberg has covered the inner workings of our nation’s highest court – a tenure longer than any sitting US Supreme Court justice. She shares insightful reporting on all aspects of the Court as National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. One of the country’s most respected journalists, Totenberg’s reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Referred to as “the crème de la crème” of NPR by Newsweek, Totenberg helps audiences understand the impact of headline-making judicial cases. She shares her seasoned reflections on the Supreme Court, top legal issues affecting everyday Americans, and the important cases being considered by the court. In-depth and wildly thought-provoking, her deep experience and nuanced perspective provides audiences insight into today’s judicial headlines like no one else can.

Totenberg has won every major journalism award in broadcasting and holds the distinction of being the first radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation’s “Broadcaster of the Year” award. In 2023 she was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. She has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. 

Totenberg has also written for major newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor and New York Magazine. Esquire magazine twice named her one of the “Women We Love.”

Totenberg’s memoir, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, is a tribute and testament to her nearly 50-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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