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Nina Totenberg: What It Was Like To Be The Only Woman In The Newsroom

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 11:  NPR Legal Affairs Correspondante Nina Totenberg moderates a discussion with U.S. Attorney General
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 11: NPR Legal Affairs Correspondante Nina Totenberg moderates a discussion with U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum Forum On The Civil Rights Movement on December 11, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Nina Totenberg’s voice is one of the most familiar sounds in public radio. Her work is so well known that NPR even sells a “Nina Totin’ Bag,” which pays homage to the legal affairs correspondent and pokes fun at public broadcasting for its classic pledge-drive gift.

Totenberg began her career at NPR nearly forty years ago, and she was covering the justice system for The National Observer even before that. When she began reporting about the Supreme Court—long before any woman had been appointed a justice — she was the only woman working in her newsroom.

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