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Nina Totenberg

Called the “crème de la crème” by Newsweek for her gifted journalism, Nina Totenberg has broken some of the most vital stories on the US Supreme Court and the American legal system. Totenberg dropped out of Boston University to begin covering stories for local papers before joining the DC journal Roll Call. While working for the National Observer, Totenberg broke a story about Nixon’s secret list of Supreme Court candidates, prompting J. Edgar Hoover to demand she be fired. The paper refused. She began working for NPR in 1975, investigating stories about the Watergate appeals and Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee William Rehnquist’s opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1991, she broke the story of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, causing the senate to reopen the confirmation hearings to examine the evidence and earning Totenberg a Peabody award, among many other honors. She continues to cover groundbreaking legal stories for NPR.

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Nina Totenberg
Date of Birth
January 14, 1944
Place of Birth
New York, New York

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