Media Advisory: National Public Radio’s Michele Norris to Speak at Colorado State University’s Diversity Symposium at 7 p.m. tomorrow

Note to Reporters: No audio or video recording of the lecture will be permitted. Photography will be allowed for the first three minutes.

National Public Radio’s Michele Norris will headline this year’s Diversity Symposium at Colorado State University. Norris, co-host of NPR’s longest-running national program, “All Things Considered,” will kick off this year’s events with her keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on campus.

Norris, an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, began hosting “All Things Considered” with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block in 2002. In 2010, she released her first book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election. The book, which also explores the author’s own family racial legacy, has been called one of the best of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor.

Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News, a post she held from 1993-2002. Norris has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

A four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant, Norris has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2010 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award; the 2009 Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists; and the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2006 Salute to Excellence Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, she was honored with Ebony Magazine’s eighth Annual Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications Award, and in 2009 was named one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans.”

About CSU’s Diversity Symposium

Colorado State’s Diversity Symposium will be held Sept. 20-22 in the Lory Student Center. “The Challenge of Civility" is the theme of this year’s symposium and will address topics concerning the necessary tools needed to deal with sensitive issues in a respectful and dignified manner in the context of a diverse society. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Over the course of three days, more than 30 sessions will be offered to the Colorado State University community to provide engagement in intelligent, thought-provoking discussions on a wide range of topics such as inclusion, social justice and fostering a supportive learning environment.

For a full schedule of speakers and sessions, visit

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