R. Lynn Sauls Endowed Lecture Series
Michel Martin: Making Sense of a Polarized World
In conversation with David Barasoain
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About the Speaker
Emmy-winning journalist Michel Martin is the the host of NPR's Morning Edition and former weekend host of All Things Considered. Martin currently serves as a contributor for PBS’s Amanpour & Company. Her previous credits include ABC News, Nightline, as well as covering politics for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
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 has received three additional Emmy nominations. In 2019, Martin was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in journalism.
Martin graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1980 and earned a Master of Arts from the Wesley Theological Seminary in 2016.
About the Moderator
An established audio producer who loves crafting well-told stories, David Barasoain is a 1990 alum of Southern Adventist University. His work has been featured on PRX and NPR, and he currently serves as the senior producer of Buried Truths, the Civil Rights cold-cases podcast, for which he won the Silver Gavel Award, the Robert F. Kennedy, and the George Foster Peabody Award.
In Atlanta, Georgia, he may be best known as the creator and managing editor of the long-running, 361-part series, Atlanta Sounds. It featured the power of the human voice and showcased everyday life in Atlanta. The stories ranged from two girls laughing on a swing to the reflections of life as a middle school teacher.
Former bosses and colleagues have called him “the glue,” “the host whisperer,” and even “the Joe DiMaggio of radio.”
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