Michele L. Norris

Washington, D.C.

Columnist

Education: University of Wisconsin, Engineering; University of Minnesota, Journalism

Michele L. Norris is a columnist and consultant for Post Opinions and founding director of The Race Card Project. She worked as a reporter at the Post from 1988 to 1993, covering education, politics, the AIDS crisis and the impact of the region’s drug trade. She moved from the Post to ABC News, where she was part of a team that won an Emmy and a Peabody for her work on 9/11 and its aftermath. As a correspondent in the ABC Washington bureau, Norris covered presidential campaigns and government policy before returning to the education beat. In 2002, she joined National Public Radio, where she
Latest from Michele L. Norris

We need laws to protect election workers like ‘Lady Ruby’ Freeman

It is a crime to threaten a postal worker. Surely protecting our democracy is as important as protecting the mail.

June 22, 2022

The unbearable is now routine

What I tell myself at impossible moments like this.

May 26, 2022

White Americans must speak out against white supremacy

Whites must speak out against racism. Black and brown people cannot defuse a time bomb they did not create.

May 16, 2022

The GOP roars about abortion. Then they abandon the children.

America without abortion is no longer an abstraction.

May 3, 2022

Judge Jackson’s long journey to the court — and ours

The history lessons in Ketanji Jackson Brown's rise to the high court

April 9, 2022

At the Oscars, the unacceptable followed the unfortunate

The Oscars should have showcased American diversity. American violence stole the spotlight.

March 29, 2022

The timeless truth Ketanji Brown Jackson said out loud

The sisterhood of moms rarely says this out loud. But Ketanji Brown Jackson did.

March 23, 2022

The maddeningly limited vision of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s guidance counselor

Judge Jackson was not the only young woman told to lower her sights.

February 28, 2022

Before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a bus. She’s still on probation.

Colvin, 82, is headed to court in Montgomery, Ala., to petition for her record to be cleared.

October 26, 2021

After covid, we are all going to need some help

America needs a special envoy for reentry.

September 26, 2021