NPR’s Totenberg to Address Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Graduates

Posted 2013-05-06 12:03pm

CLEVELAND, OHIO (May 6, 2013) – Accomplished legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg is scheduled as the commencement speaker for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s graduation ceremony.  The ceremony takes place Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cleveland State University Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. 

Totenberg will also receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Cleveland State University along with C|M|LAW graduate Brent Larkin (’86).  Another C|M|LAW graduate, Carl Stern (’66), will be honored with the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

A ticket is required for all attendees of the commencement ceremony.  Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and guests will be invited to attend a reception at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

Totenberg has worked nearly 40 years as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent on NPR. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Totenberg's coverage of Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. In 1991, her ground-breaking report about allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its coverage of the events, anchored by Totenberg.

Larkin has spent over 40 years as one of the foremost figures covering the Cleveland political scene, since joining the Cleveland Press in 1970. In 1981, Larkin moved to The Plain Dealer, where he continued covering the Cleveland political beats, first as a writer and later, a columnist. Larkin was promoted to director of The Plain Dealer’s editorial page in 1991, where he spent the next 18 years as Cleveland’s chief political voice.    Larkin retired as Editorial Director in 2009, but still writes a weekly column for The Plain Dealer’s Forum section on Sundays.
Stern enjoyed an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years as a journalist, government official and professor.  He started as a radio performer for KYW-Cleveland and moved to television where he served as a reporter and news anchor for Cleveland stations KYW-TV and WKYC-TV. In 1967, Stern went to work for NBC News, where he was the reporting authority on the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Department for 26 years. The veteran broadcaster won many awards throughout his distinguished career, including a Peabody Award for radio and meritorious service to broadcasting. In 1993, Stern was named Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice where he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for Public Service.


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