Michel Martin

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 radio and television news broadcasting on national topics.

Michel McQueen Martin
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Martin in 2020
Michel McQueen
Alma materSt. Paul's School
Radcliffe College
Wesley Theological Seminary
Home townBrooklyn, New York
Spouse(s)Billy Martin
AwardsEmmy Award


A Brooklyn, New York native,[1] Michel McQueen 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.[1] In 2016, Martin earned a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.[2]

News careerEdit

After working the local news beat for The Washington Post and becoming White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal,[3] She joined ABC News in 1992.[2]

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.[4] Beginning in April 2007, she hosted Tell Me More for National Public Radio (NPR) for seven years,[5] focusing on topics of race, religion, and spirituality. Upon the announcement by NPR of the cancellation of Tell Me More, to be effective August 1, 2014,[6] Martin criticized NPR 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.[7] She 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."[7] 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.[citation needed]

In 2010, Martin and MSNBC anchor David Shuster taped a pilot episode for a proposed news and opinion show for CNN.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Martin is married to attorney Billy Martin.[10] They share twins, as well as two grown daughters from her husband's previous marriage.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Murray, Michael D.; Gordon, Joye C. (1999-01-01). Encyclopedia of Television News. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9781573561082.
  2. ^ a b "Michel Martin". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  3. ^ Davis, Allison P. (August 3, 2015). "How Black Women Have Been Leaning In Forever". The Cut. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Steve Behrens (October 8, 2001). "Life 360 fits the mood, but will it also surprise?". Current.org. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03.
  5. ^ Gupta, Prachi (2014-09-19). ""It was so frustrating not to have an outlet": Post-"Tell Me More", Michel Martin talks Ferguson". Salon. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  6. ^ Farhi, Paul (2014-05-20). "NPR to end 'Tell Me More' program aimed at minorities, eliminate 28 positions". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  7. ^ a b Folkenflik, David (May 20, 2014). "NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions". The Two-Way. National Public Radio. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  8. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2010-04-04. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  9. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 6, 2010). "MSNBC Suspends David Shuster 'Indefinitely'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Thompson, Cheryl W. (February 4, 2015). "Billy Martin: Washington's go-to lawyer when you're in trouble. Real trouble". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Michel Martin (2010-05-24). "Maybe Someday Love Will Cure Despair". WBUR.
  12. ^ "Camille Cosby, Kathleen Battle Win Candace Awards". Jet. 82 (13): 16–17. July 20, 1992.
  13. ^ "Silver Gavel Awards for Media and The Arts". americanbar.org. American Bar Association. Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  14. ^ "Emmy Nominations List". Tulsa World. July 23, 1996. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  15. ^ "2019 Fellows and International Honorary Members with their affiliations at the time of election". members.amacad.org. Archived from the original on 2020-03-02.

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