NPR jounalist Nina Totenberg, first in 2012-13 speaker series

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s award-winning legal correspondent, is the first speaker in Penn State’s 2012-13 Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Totenberg will speak at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Totenberg has covered legal affairs since the late 1960s. Totenberg’s ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas and the subsequent Senate hearings, earned NPR a Peabody. That coverage also earned Totenburg other awards: 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; and the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting.

Totenburg has been honored eight times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and she has won every major journalism award in broadcasting and is the only radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation award for Broadcaster of the Year. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Parade magazine and the Harvard Law Review.

Totenberg’s lecture is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets will be available to students -- two issued per I.D. – Tuesday, Oct. 9, and will be available to faculty, staff and the general public Tuesday, Oct. 16, based on availability.

Distinguished Speaker Series tickets are available at the following locations and times: Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit

Last Updated April 19, 2017