February 14, 1953
Idaho Falls, Idaho
|Occupation||ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent|
|Spouse(s)||Ben Bradlee, Jr.
Julius Genachowski (d. 1997)
Tom Gjelten (m. 1997)
Martha Raddatz (//; born February 14, 1953) is an American reporter with ABC News. She currently serves as the network's Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent. She reports for ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, and other network broadcasts. In addition to her work for ABC News, Raddatz has written for The New Republic and is a frequent guest on PBS's Washington Week. Other sources report Salt Lake City as her place of birth.
Raddatz began her tenure at ABC News in 1999 as the network's State Department correspondent and became ABC's senior national security correspondent in May 2003, reporting extensively from Iraq. On June 8, 2006, Raddatz received a tip that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been located and killed. This tip allowed Raddatz and ABC News to become the first news organization in the world to break the news shortly after 2:30 am EST.
In a March 24, 2008 extended interview with Dick Cheney conducted in Ankara, Turkey on the fifth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Raddatz posed a question about public opinion polls showing that Americans had lost confidence in the war that Cheney responded to by saying "So?" video Raddatz appeared taken aback by the response, and Cheney's remark prompted widespread criticism, including a Washington Post op-ed by former Republican Congressman and Cheney friend Mickey Edwards.
After the national security beat, Raddatz become the network's chief White House correspondent for the last term of George W. Bush administration. On January 9, 2007, Raddatz's mobile phone went off during a White House press briefing with Tony Snow. Of particular humor was her musical ring tone Chamillionaire's, "Ridin'." The press corps and Tony Snow enjoyed a few moments of laughter.
Raddatz was appointed to her current position as ABC's Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent in November 2008.
Raddatz served as the moderator of the Vice Presidential debate on October 11, 2012, between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The debate was later parodied on Saturday Night Live where she was played by Kate McKinnon.
Raddatz was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her third husband, journalist Tom Gjelten. She has two children from previous marriages: a daughter, Greta Bradlee, with Benjamin Bradlee, Jr.; and a son, Jake Genachowski. She was previously married to Julius Genachowski, father of Jake and current head of the FCC under the Obama Administration. Additionally, Raddatz was previously married to Ben Bradlee, Jr., the father of Greta. Bradlee is Projects Editor for The Boston Globe and son of former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee.
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- "FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 7, 2009
- Groer, Annie (February 16, 2010). "Quinn Bradlee to Marry on Greta Bradlee's Long-Planned Wedding Day". Politics Daily.
- "Ben Bradlee Jr.". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Profile at ABC News
- Martha Raddatz on NPR
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Martha Raddatz at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Martha Raddatz in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Interview on The Long Road Home at the Pritzker Military Library
|ABC News Chief White House Correspondent
November 2005 – January 2009