Kati Marton (born April 3, 1949) is a Hungarian-American author and journalist. Her career has included reporting for ABC News as a foreign correspondent and National Public Radio, where she started as a production assistant in 1971, as well as print journalism and writing a number of books.
|Born||April 3, 1949|
|Education||Wells College, 1965–67|
Sorbonne and Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris, 1967–68
George Washington University, B.A., 1969, M.A., 1971
|Occupation||Journalist, human rights activist|
|Agent||Amanda Urban, International Creative Management|
She is a former chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition, and a director (former chairwoman) of the Committee to Protect Journalists and other bodies including the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, and the New America Foundation.
Marton was born in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of UPI reporter Ilona Marton and award-winning Associated Press reporter Endre Marton. Her parents survived the Holocaust of World War II but never spoke about it. They served nearly two years in prison on false charges of espionage for the U.S., and Kati and her older sister were placed in the care of strangers. Raised a Roman Catholic, she learned much later, and by accident, that her grandparents were Jews, who were murdered at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Among the many honors her parents received for their reporting on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was the George Polk Award. The family fled Hungary following the revolution and settled in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Marton attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
Marton studied at the Sorbonne and the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. Growing up in Hungary, she had a French nanny, so she was raised speaking both Hungarian and French, learning American English when her family moved to the U.S. She has a master's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.
Marton has been married three times. She was first married to Carroll Wetzel, a retired international investment banker from Philadelphia, in the early 1970s. Her second husband was ABC News anchor Peter Jennings; Jennings and Marton had two children together, Elizabeth and Christopher, before divorcing in 1993.
Her third husband was diplomat Richard Holbrooke, from 1995 until his death in December 2010, frequently traveling with him during his diplomatic missions in the former Yugoslavia and in the Middle East. She wrote about their love and recovering from his death in her 2012 memoir Paris: A Love Story.
Marton has received several honors for her reporting, including the 2001 Rebekah Kohut Humanitarian Award by the National Council of Jewish Women, the 2002 Matrix Award for Women Who Change the World, the George Foster Peabody Award (presented to WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, in 1973), and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary—the country's highest civilian honor. She is also a recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence. Her book, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, was an autobiography finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2009.
- Martin, Kati (2017). True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781476763774. OCLC 962006152.
- Marton, Kati (2012). Paris: A Love Story. New York: [Simon & Schuster]. ISBN 978-1-4516-9154-2. OCLC 778417065.
- Marton, Kati (2010). A nép ellenségei : családom regénye [Enemies of the people] (in Hungarian). Budapest: Corvina. ISBN 978-963-13-5882-7. LCCN 2011391425.
- Marton, Kati (2009). Enemies of the people : My Family's Journey to America (1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-8612-8. LCCN 2009014480. OCLC 759874746.
- Marton, Kati (2006). The great escape : nine Jews who fled Hitler and changed the world. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-6115-9. LCCN 2006049162. OCLC 70864519.
- Marton, Kati (2008). Kilenc magyar aki világgá ment és megváltoztatta a világot [Great escape] (in Hungarian). (translator) Bart Dániel. Budapest: Corvina. ISBN 978-963-13-5681-6. LCCN 2008418162. OCLC 226076973.
- Marton, Kati (2001). Hidden power : presidential marriages that shaped our recent history (1st ed.). New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-375-40106-7. LCCN 2001021351. OCLC 50625328.
- Marton, Kati (1992). The Polk conspiracy : murder and cover-up in the case of CBS News correspondent George Polk (1st pbk. ed.). New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-2047-3. LCCN 91050973.
- Marton, Kati (1996). A death in Jerusalem (1st Arcade ed.). New York: Arcade. ISBN 1-55970-352-0. LCCN 95051833.
- Marton, Kati (1987). An American woman (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-02420-2. LCCN 86016342.
- Marton, Kati (1995). Wallenberg : missing hero (1st Arcade ed.). New York: Distributed by Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 1-55970-276-1. LCCN 94079600.
- Marton, Kati (1990). The Polk conspiracy : murder and cover-up in the case of CBS News correspondent George Polk (1st ed.). New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ISBN 0-374-13553-3. LCCN 89023384.
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- Marton, Kati (October 23, 2006). "The Shadow of a Smile". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- Bumiller, Elisabeth (July 23, 1998). "PUBLIC LIVES; Mr. Secretary, Perhaps, and Ms. Ambassador". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- Furst, Alan (October 30, 2009). "The Dossier". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- The Daily Beast: "In Syria, Europe & Boston, the Past Is Never Finished" by Kati Marton May 11, 2013 |Raised Catholic by my mother and father, I didn’t learn until adulthood that my maternal grandparents were in one of Adolf Eichmann’s early transports from the Hungarian countryside to Auschwitz. My parents, converted Jews, tried to shield me from the murderous hate they had experienced in Budapest; they had told me my grandparents had perished under the Allies’ bombs
- McFadden, Robert D. (December 13, 2010). "RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE, 1941-2010 : Strong American Voice in Diplomacy and Crisis". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Richard C. Holbrooke". NNDB. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- "Kati Marton, Recalling 'Paris' With Love And Longing". NPR Weekend Edition Saturday. August 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists". NBCC Board of Directors. January 23, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- Kati Marton at Simon & Schuster
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Kati Marton on Charlie Rose
- Kati Marton on IMDb
- Works by or about Kati Marton in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Acceptance speech for the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award, United Nations Association of the United States of America
- Kati Marton Marcia Franklin talks with author Kati Marton. Produced by Idaho Public Television