Norris joined the NPR evening news program All Things Considered on December 9, 2002, becoming the first African-American female host for NPR.In 2015, Fortune described Norris as “one of [NPR’s] biggest stars.”Norris worked alongside Melissa Block, and Robert Siegel.
Norris’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath won acclaim early in her time at NPR. She moderated a Democratic Presidential debate in Iowa, alongside Steve Inskeep and Robert Siegel. In 2008, Norris teamed with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep for The York Project: Race & The ’08 Vote. Inskeep and Norris share a Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award silver baton award. In her time hosting Norris interviewed a wide range of politicians and celebrities including President Barack Obama,Susan Rice,Quincy Jones, and Joan Riversamong others.