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R. Lynn Sauls Endowed Lecture Series

Michel Martin: Making Sense of a Polarized World

In conversation with David Barasoain

Join us for an insightful evening with Michel Martin, host of NPR's Morning Edition, in conversation with Southern alum and Atlanta audio producer David Barasoain. Hosted by Southern's School of Journalism and Communication as part of the R. Lynn Sauls Lecture Series, this free event is open to the community. Registration is required for those without a Southern ID.

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Making Sense of a Polarized World

Iles P.E. Center

07:00 PM-08:30 PM

About the Speaker

Michel Martin
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

David Barasoain
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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About the Lecture Series

This lectureship honors the vision, hard work, and dedication of Lynn Sauls, ’52, PhD, former chair of what is now the School of Journalism and Communication at Southern Adventist University. Serving as a professor and leader in the department in the 1980s and ’90s, Sauls helped establish this academic area as it exists today. He strengthened the journalism curriculum and grew the department, connecting with industry professionals and encouraging strong writing skills. Following his retirement in 1996, he stayed connected with his alma mater, serving as an adjunct instructor for a number of years. He recently passed away in 2023 at 90 years old.

This annual lecture series celebrates Sauls’ legacy by inviting prominent journalists and top communication professionals to campus to inspire a new generation of truth seekers, storytellers, and influencers.

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