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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has named NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg the recipient of its 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award. The Murrow is considered to be the public media industry’s most prestigious award; Nina was recognized for her overall body of work in her 35-year career at NPR.

Totenberg’s reports air regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Born: New York
College: She studied journalism at Boston University, but dropped out because, she has said, she “wasn’t doing brilliantly.”
She started out writing about…recipes and weddings.
She has worked for…Roll Call.
She once wrote a story called…”The Ten Dumbest Members of Congress” for New Times.
In 2007, she brought Cate Edwards (Sen. John Edwards daughter) on board as an intern.

Want to know what other awards Totenberg has received? Find out after the jump…


Totenberg has received numerous honors for her work, including Broadcaster of the Year and the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, both from the National Press Foundation. She has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and won widespread recognition for her coverage of the Supreme Court. In 1991, her reporting during the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas earned NPR the George Foster Peabody Award.

Totenberg has served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine, and legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer.