Martin Savidge

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Martin Savidge
Martin Savidge 2004 (cropped).jpg
Savidge in 2004
Born (1958-05-27) May 27, 1958 (age 64)[1]
EducationOhio University
OccupationTelevision journalist and broadcaster
Notable credit(s)
Anchor of Worldfocus, NBC News correspondent
ChildrenStehl Savidge, Blis Savidge

Martin " The Savage" Savidge[2] (born May 27, 1958)[1] is a Canadian-American television news correspondent.

Savidge worked for NBC News and was a special correspondent and former anchor for public television's Worldfocus nightly news program in the role of a special correspondent. He previously worked for WJW, Cleveland, where he also worked with current NBC correspondent Kelly O'Donnell.[citation needed] Savidge began anchoring CNN Newsroom in January 2011.[3]


Savidge was born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada to British parents, who soon after moved to the United States.[4] He holds dual citizenship for both Canada and the United States.[1] Savidge grew up in Rocky River, Ohio and graduated from Rocky River High School in 1976.[2][5][6] He studied theater at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio.[7] Savidge earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1981.[8][9]

Savidge's early career in journalism included a stint at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois and prime time anchor for WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois.[10] He interned at WKYC, and reported for the Associated Press.[9] In September 1984, Savidge joined WJW-TV (then WJKW-TV),[9] where he won nine Emmy Awards, five in Savidge's final year at the station. One Emmy-winning special examined the background of D-Day, and was inspired by his father Earnest, who served in the Royal Navy during World War II.[11] Despite being a local reporter, Savidge's datelines while at WJW-TV included Vietnam, Russia, and Ukraine.[9]

In 1996, he was hired by CNN.[9] Savidge would still be a field reporter, but he would spend more time as anchor.[12]

Savidge joined NBC News in March 2004, but remained in Atlanta.[citation needed] In 2005, Savidge reported for NBC News in New Orleans, Louisiana, when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. After Katrina, he helped, as head correspondent, open an NBC News bureau in New Orleans. He regularly gave reports about improvements and stories after Katrina.[citation needed]

In October 2008, Savidge left full-time work at NBC[1] to be the anchor of Worldfocus, an American newscast focusing on international news.[13]

On 13 January 2009, Savidge began hosting a weekly radio show on BlogTalkRadio. The 30-minute talk show is focused on international news and includes a panel of guests.[14]

On 28 August 2009, Savidge announced on the program that Daljit Dhaliwal would be taking over his role on Worldfocus, although he would still host one week a month and have an opportunity to "step out from behind the desk".[15]

Savidge returned to CNN in 2009 as a freelancer. In March 2011, he again became a CNN staffer.[16]


Savidge's awards include:[17]

  • Two Headliner Awards
  • Two Edward R. Murrow Awards
  • A Peabody Award
  • A duPont-Columbia Award
  • Six Associated Press Awards
  • Two United Press Intl. Awards
  • Nine local Emmy awards
  • 2002 "Media Person of the Year" (from the National Journalism Education Association)


  1. ^ a b c d Jensen, Elizabeth (2008-08-19). "NBC News Correspondent Named Anchor of New Public Television Newscast". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2009. Mr. Savidge, 50, was born to British parents and holds dual Canadian and United States citizenship.
  2. ^ a b Riverlet ’76. Rocky River High School. 1976. p. 165.
  3. ^ "Profile: Martin Savidge", CNN
  4. ^ Savidge, Martin (November 9, 2008). "Martin Savidge shares his worldview — What's yours?". blog, posting dated 11 September 2008.
  5. ^ Kelley, Kevin (1 December 2010). "River native Martin Savidge inducted into Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame". West Life. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  6. ^ Washington, Julie (September 10, 2008) "Former Clevelander Martin Savidge talks about move to PBS", The Plain Dealer
  7. ^ Storch, Fran (17 June 2008). "The Altar Boyz are coming to Beck Center". The Lakewood Observer. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  8. ^ Wall, Joan Slattery, "Covering the news has many ups, downs for Savidge", Ohio in Focus, Ohio University, June 9, 2003
  9. ^ a b c d e "WJW's Savidge Headed to CNN." Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Tom Feran, 29 Dec 1995
  10. ^ Martin Savidge biography at NBC News
  11. ^ "Channels 5, 8 Explore D-Day and Holocaust." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Tom Feran, 4 Jun 1994.
  12. ^ Feran, Tom (1996-06-08). "Savidge a New Face as Anchor". Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8 June 1996.
  13. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (2008-10-06). "BBC Newscast Shifts Lineup on U.S. Public TV Stations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  14. ^ Ariens, Chris (2009-01-12). "Worldfocus Anchor to Host Weekly Radio Show". Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  15. ^ Worldfocus Staff Bios
  16. ^ Martin Savidge returns fulltime to CNN
  17. ^ About Martin Savidge from the Worldfocus website

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