Michel Martin has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, first in print with major newspapers and then in television.
In 2006 she joined NPR to develop the program Tell Me More, her debut as a full-time public radio show host, in which she explores a range of topics—from immigration to parenting in a multicultural family. Martin has also served as contributor and substitute host for NPR newsmagazines and talk shows, including Talk of the Nation and News & Notes.
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 Weekend, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.
Nightline, reporting on such subjects as the Congressional budget battles, the US embassy bombings in Africa, racial profiling, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She contributed to numerous programs and specials, including the network's award-winning coverage of 9/11, a documentary on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy, a critically acclaimed AIDS special, and reports for the series America in Black and White. She hosted the 13-episode series Life 360, an innovative program partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting and Nightline. Martin was awarded an Emmy for her coverage of the international campaign to ban the use of landmines for the ABC newsmagazine Day One.
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.