Martha Raddatz


Martha Raddatz was named ABC News Chief White House Correspondent in November 2005. As White House Correspondent, she reports on all aspects of the Bush administration for “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Nightline,” and other ABC News broadcasts. She has also traveled to Iraq nearly twenty times since 2003, spending weeks embedded with US Forces.

Raddatz joined ABC News in January, 1999 as the network’s State Department correspondent. There she covered the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, as well as traveled to Africa, Pakistan, and India with the U.S. Secretary of State. Her coverage at the State Department after the attacks of September 11th was recognized, along with other ABC News recipients, with a Peabody Award as well as an Emmy Award.

In May of 2004, Raddatz was named senior national security correspondent. During her time at the Pentagon, Ms. Raddatz reported exclusively on a number of stories, including the near capture of al-Zarqawi in April 2005, plus the discovery of his laptop computer. She also broke the story that the attack on a U.S. military dining hall in Mosul, Iraq in December 2004 was the work of a suicide bomber.

In the early hours of June 8, 2006, Ms. Raddatz was the first correspondent to report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed in a US air strike north of Baghdad. Al-Zarqawi’s death is considered a major development in the fight against the insurgency, and Ms. Raddatz broke the story more than thirty minutes ahead of any other network.

Raddatz has also been awarded two Emmys for coverage of kosovo and the Elian Gonzales case in the news program “Weekend World News.” In addition to her work for ABC News, Raddatz is a frequent guest on PBS’s “Washington Week” and “Charlie Rose.” From 1993-1998, she was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), where she reported on foreign policy, defense, and intelligence issues. During her tenure at NPR, she made numerous trips to Eastern Europe to cover the war in Bosnia.

Prior to joining NPR in 1993, Raddatz was the chief correspondent at the ABCNews Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. In addition to covering several presidential campaigns, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines and Europe. Raddatz has been honored for her journalistic contributions many times, including a 1996 Overseas Press Club award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Her reporting was also recognized with the National Headliner Award for team coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign, and two Radio and Television News Director Association first-place awards.

Raddatz is also the author of “The Long Road Home -A Story of War and Family.” The highly acclaimed book was released in March of 2007 making both the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists. The Washington Post described the book as “a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war -related classic that has preceded it.”

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