NPR Psychology Reporter Alix Spiegel to Speak Here Monday as Part of Minnesota Public Radio Series

National Public Radio psychology reporter Alix Spiegel will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Her lecture is the next in Minnesota Public Radio’s 2012-13 Broadcast Journalist Series, which is co-sponsored by St. Thomas' College of Arts and Sciences and its Communication and Journalism Department.

Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel

The talk is free, but reservations are required. Make them by going to this Minnesota Public Radio website.

Spiegel arrived at National Public Radio in 2003 and much of her reporting has been on mental health. She has covered everything from the psychological impact of killing another person, to the emotional devastation of Katrina, to psycho-therapeutic approaches to transgender children.

Over the course of her career in public radio, Spiegel has won the George Foster Peabody Award, Livingston Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Her 2007 documentary on mental-health issues and crime plaguing a southern Mississippi FEMA trailer park housing Katrina victims was recognized with the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Her radio documentary “81 Words,” about the removal of homosexuality from psychiatry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, is being turned into a film by HBO.

Originally from Baltimore, Md., Spiegel graduated from Oberlin College. She began her career in radio in 1995 as one of the founding producers of the public radio show “This American Life.” She left the show in 1999 to become a full-time reporter and also has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 17th year, commissions renowned journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.