Michel Martin

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Michel Martin
Born Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Journalist

Michel McQueen Martin is an American journalist and correspondent for ABC News and National Public Radio. After ten years in print journalism, Martin has for the last 15 years become best known for her news broadcasting on national topics.


A Brooklyn, New York native, Michel Martin attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire as part of the fifth class of females to graduate from the formerly all-male school. In 1980, Martin graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, then pursued post graduate work at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

News career[edit]

After working the local news beat for The Washington Post and becoming White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Martin joined ABC News in 1992.[1] At ABC, Martin reported for Nightline, and was awarded an Emmy for a report that aired on Day One. In 2001, she hosted the PBS show Life 360.[2] Beginning in April 2007, she hosted Tell Me More for National Public Radio (NPR). As the host of Tell Me More, Martin focused heavily on topics of race, religion, and spirituality. Upon the announcement by NPR of the cancellation of Tell Me More, to be effective 1 August 2014, Martin blamed top leadership for failure to institutionalize support for the program and questioned NPR's commitment to serving African-American listeners and other people of color, admitting that she had "scar tissue" as a result of the cancellation.[3] Martin and the show's producer, Carline Watson, remained with the network as, "part of an initiative to incorporate the kind of coverage of issues of race, identity, faith, gender and family that appear on the show".[3] Since 2015, Martin has been the host of Weekend All Things Considered.

She is also known for her panel appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher.

In 2010, Martin and MSNBC anchor David Shuster taped a pilot episode for a proposed news and opinion show for CNN.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Martin is married to attorney Billy Martin. She shares twin toddlers as well as two grown daughters from her husband's previous marriage. She has spoken about her brother's suicide in May 2010.[6]



  1. ^ NPR: Michel Martin, host, Tell Me More, NPR.org
  2. ^ "Life 360 fits the mood, but will it also surprise?". Current.org. 2001-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b Folkenflik, David. "NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions". The Two-Way. National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Gillette, Felix (April 2, 2010). "Inside the CNN Stockroom: Network Recently Shot Pilot Starring MSNBC's Shuster and NPR's Martin". The New York Observer. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 6, 2010). "MSNBC Suspends David Shuster 'Indefinitely'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ Michel Martin (2010-05-24). "Maybe Someday Love Will Cure Despair". WBUR. 
  7. ^ "Camille Cosby, Kathleen Battle Win Candace Awards". Jet. 82 (13): 16–17. July 20, 1992. 

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