Michelle Norris was the first African American female host for NPR on All Things Considered. She’s also the author of The Grace of Silence, a book unearthing her own long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated racial history. She left NPR in 2015 to continue Peabody Award-winning Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America.

Before being a journalist at NRP, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She has also worked as a staff writer for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.