Michel Martin will become the new weekend host of All Things Considered, building on her deep reporting and interviewing experience as former host of Tell Me More and across print and TV, including reporting for ABC News, NPR announced today.
“Adding these voices to our afternoon lineup seven days a week increases our ability to sound like America and the communities we cover,” said Michael Oreskes, NPR Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director. “With these changes, our listeners will benefit from a whole new range of stories, sources and perspectives.”
Tell Me More, which covered issues of race, identity, faith, gender and family, ended on Aug. 1, 2014, after a seven-year run. Its end was blamed partially on budget cuts. The decision to end it was widely panned, with questions about NPR’s commitment to diverse programming.
After the cancellation, Martin was reassigned to do stories across NPR news programs on topics including education, families, faith, race and social issues. Before coming to NPR, she worked at ABC-TV as a correspondent for Nightline, winning an Emmy for her coverage of the international campaign to ban the use of landmines, and serving as a regular panelist on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She also covered state and local politics for the Washington Post and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was White House correspondent.
Along with Martin’s new job responsibilities, NPR also announced that Carline Watson, formerly Tell Me More’s executive producer, will now become All Things Considered’s weekday executive producer, while long-time NPR producer and editor Kenya Young will become the weekend show’s executive producer. Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join the weekday All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on the program.
Martin’s live event series with NPR member stations, “Michel Martin: Going There,” will continue.