Nina Totenberg Biography
Nina Totenberg is an American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio focusing primarily on the activities and politics of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition
Nina Totenberg Age
She is an American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, born on 14 January 1944 in, New York, New York, United States. She is 75 years old as of 2019.
Nina Totenberg parents
She was born of violinist Roman Totenberg, who was born in Poland, and Melanie (Shroder) Totenberg, who was a real estate broker. She is the eldest daughter in their family. Her father was a Polish-American violinist and educator. A child prodigy, he lived in Poland, Moscow, Berlin, and Paris, before formally immigrating to the U.S. in 1938, at age 27. He performed and taught nationally and internationally throughout his life.
Nina Totenberg Net Worth
Nina is an American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, who focuses primarily on the activities and politics of the Supreme Court of the United States. She has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Nina Totenberg NPR
Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
Totenberg’s coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. She is often featured in documentaries — most recently RBG — that deal with issues before the court. As Newsweek put it, “The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the creme de la creme is Nina Totenberg.”
In 1991, her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill’s charges. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage — anchored by Totenberg — of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill’s allegations, and for Totenberg’s reports and exclusive interview with Hill.
That same coverage earned Totenberg additional awards, including the Long Island University George Polk Award for excellence in journalism; the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting; the Carr Van Anda Award from the Scripps School of Journalism; and the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting, which also acknowledged her coverage of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s retirement.
Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. She is 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 jurors of the award stated, “Ms. Totenberg broke the story of Judge (Douglas) Ginsburg’s use of marijuana, raising issues of changing social values and credibility with careful perspective under deadline pressure.”
Totenberg 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. On a lighter note, in 1992 and 1988 Esquire magazine named her one of the “Women We Love”.
Nina Totenberg Distinction and acclaim
She has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for excellence in legal reporting and won the first-ever Toni House award presented by the American Judicature Society for a career body of work, and was the first radio journalist to be honored by the National Press Foundation as Broadcaster of the Year. She played the part of an election anchor in the film The Distinguished Gentleman (1992) and also appeared briefly as herself in the Kevin Kline film Dave (1993).
Nina Totenberg Husband
She first married Floyd Haskell was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Senator. He was a former senator from Colorado who served one term on Capitol Hill, died of pneumonia Aug. 25. She later married David Reines, they met after they have been married to other people.
Nina Totenberg Education
She enrolled in Boston University in 1962, majoring in journalism, but dropped out less than three years later because, in her own words, she “wasn’t doing brilliantly”. She dropped out of college and began her journalism career at the Boston Record American, where she worked on the Women’s Page and learned breaking news journalism skills by volunteering in the news department. She covered legal affair at the National Observer.
Nina Totenberg Controversies and criticism
She has several friends of politicians and lawyers in national politics, Her personal connection with these friends has occasionally generated discussion. During a press conference announcing Guinier’s nomination by Bill Clinton to the post of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, She was commented for hagging her friend Lani Guinier.