Michele Norris is director of the Bridge, the Aspen Institute’s new program on race, identity, connectivity, and inclusion. Previously, she served as a host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Ms. Norris has also produced in-depth profiles, interviews, and series for NPR News programs as well as special reports for National Geographic, Time Magazine, ABC News, and Lifetime Television. She created the Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in the United States. Ms. Norris served as a reporter for ABC News and a staff writer for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. She wrote The Grace of Silence: A Memoir and earned a Peabody Award and the Distinguished Dialogue Award for her work on the Race Card Project. Ms. Norris was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, which also honored her with its Salute to Excellence Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She received a Livingston Award and was a Shorenstein Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Norris graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied journalism, and attended the University of Wisconsin, where she studied electrical engineering.