Michel Martin Michel Martin is a host of Morning Edition.
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Michel Martin

Host, Morning Edition

Michel Martin is a host of Morning Edition. Previously, she was the weekend host of All Things Considered and host of the Consider This Saturday podcast, where she drew on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted "Michel Martin: Going There," an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member stations.

Martin came to NPR in 2006 and launched Tell Me More, a one-hour daily NPR news and talk show that aired on NPR stations nationwide from 2007-2014 and dipped into thousands of important conversations taking place in the corridors of power, but also in houses of worship, and barber shops and beauty shops, at PTA meetings, town halls, and at the kitchen table.

She has spent more than 25 years as a journalist — first in print with major newspapers and then in television. Tell Me More marked her debut as a full-time public radio show host. Martin says, "What makes public radio special is that it's got both intimacy and reach all at once. For the cost of a phone call, I can take you around the world. But I'm right there with you in your car, in your living room or kitchen or office, in your iPod. Radio itself is an incredible tool and when you combine that with the global resources of NPR plus the commitment to quality, responsibility and civility, it's an unbeatable combination."

Martin has also served as contributor and substitute host for NPR newsmagazines and talk shows, including Talk of the Nation and News & Notes.

Martin joined NPR from ABC News, where she worked since 1992. She served as correspondent for Nightline from 1996 to 2006, reporting on such subjects as the congressional budget battles, the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, racial profiling and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At ABC, she also contributed to numerous programs and specials, including the network's award-winning coverage of Sept. 11, a documentary on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy, a critically acclaimed AIDS special and reports for the ongoing series "America in Black and White." Martin reported for the ABC newsmagazine Day One, winning an Emmy for her coverage of the international campaign to ban the use of landmines, and was a regular panelist on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She also hosted the 13-episode series Life 360, an innovative program partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting and Nightline incorporating documentary film, performance and personal narrative; it aired on public television stations across the country.

Before joining ABC, Martin covered state and local politics for the Washington Post and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was White House correspondent. She has also been a regular panelist on the PBS series Washington Week and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.

Martin has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Candace Award for Communications from The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Joan Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association and a 2002 Silver Gavel Award, given by the American Bar Association. Along with her Emmy award, she received three additional Emmy nominations, including one with WNYC's Robert Krulwich, at the time an ABC contributor as well, for an ABC News program examining children's racial attitudes. In 2019, Martin was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in journalism. She is the 2021 recipient of PMJA's 2021 Leo C. Lee Award.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Martin graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1980 and earned a Master of Arts from the Wesley Theological Seminary in 2016.

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Monday

The deaths of Iran's president and others are being closely watched in Israel

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Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi dies in helicopter crash, state media reports

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A hearing in London will determine whether Julian Assange is extradited to the U.S.

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Wednesday

Nearly 1 out of 5 credit card users have maxed out on their borrowing

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2 of America's biggest antagonists to meet: Russia and China's presidents

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Tuesday

Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen will be back on the witness stand

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Monday

A local resident looks at a neighbour's house on fire after a Russian airstrike in Vovchansk, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Evgeniy Maloletka/AP hide caption

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With eyes on Rafah, Israel renews attacks elsewhere to prevent Hamas from regrouping

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Man known as Barbeque is credited with uniting gangs against Haiti's government

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Morning news brief

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Tuesday

Russian President Putin is being inaugurated for a 5th term

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Monday

Week 4 of the Trump hush money case is about to get underway

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Friday

Biden calls for peace after tense pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses

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Protestors in Georgia say Russia-style draft law will damage free speech

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Morning news brief

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Maryland gets tough on youth crime while trying to help young offenders thrive

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A judge hears closing arguments in an antitrust case against Google

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