Michele Norris


Opening Speaker Main Stage

Saturday, January 20, 2024
8:00am – 9:15am EST

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Michele Norris is one of America’s most trusted voices in journalism, earning several honors over a long career, including Peabody, Emmy, Dupont, and Goldsmith awards. She is a columnist for The Washington Post Opinion Section, the host of the Audible Original Podcast, "Your Mama’s Kitchen," and from 2002 to 2012 she was a cohost of NPR’s "All Things Considered." Norris is also the founding director of The Race Card Project, a Peabody Award–winning narrative archive where people around the world share their reflections on identity—in just six words. She will discuss "Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity," a unique compilation of stories, richly reported essays, and photographs providing a window into America during a tumultuous era. This powerful book offers an honest, if sometimes uncomfortable, conversation about race and identity, permitting us to eavesdrop on deep-seated thoughts, private discussions, and long-submerged memories.

Norris' first book, "The Grace of Silence, A Family Memoir" was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Kansas City Star. Before joining NPR, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News covering politics, policy, and the dynamics of social change. Early in her career, she also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Michele Norris: Our Hidden Conversations book cover

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