While on campus to present a speech entitled, “The Courts and the Media,” CCI alumna The Honorable Nannette A. Baker ’78 was presented with the University of Tennessee’s Accomplished Alumni Award. This award is sponsored by the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs and recognizes graduates who have achieved great professional success. Judge Baker is a member of the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis. In 2008, she became Chief Judge of that court, the first African-American woman to serve in that capacity in Missouri.
Judge Baker previously held the position of Circuit Court Judge in the City of St. Louis. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she practiced law at two different St. Louis law firms. She also clerked for a United States District Court judge in Memphis, after graduating from St. Louis University School of Law. Before Judge Baker began her legal career, she worked for 13 years as a consumer reporter, medical reporter, news anchor, talk show host and producer in St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Alumni who are honored through the Accomplished Alumni program spend time on campus teaching students, sharing dialogue with faculty and engaging with other alumni and friends of the university. A variety of outstanding alumni have been featured in this program including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, artists, musicians, U.S. Ambassadors and civic leaders.