NABJ Recognizes the Promotions of Members at National Public Radio
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (July 21, 2015) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) would like to recognize the recent noteworthy promotions of three members at National Public Radio (NPR).
The network announced that longtime NABJ member Michel Martin is to become the host of the weekend editions of the flagship program All Things Considered in September. Martin has most recently focused her attention on a live event series coordinated with NPR member stations dubbed, "Michel Martin: Going There." Martin’s traveling to the story NPR said was because, “too often the most important insight into a national issue -- that which comes from the stories of the people who are living it – goes unheard.”
“Michel Martin is a dynamic journalist who brings to bear years of experience covering breaking news, politics, and some of the most important social and cultural issues of the day,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “As a radio journalist myself I know of the power of radio, that it provides unparalleled accessibility to news and information, a commitment to depth and perspective, and the ability to have sustained and enhanced conversations about things which matter.”
Martin a nine-year veteran of NPR was previously a television correspondent reporting for ABC News’ nightly newsmagazine Nightline, and earlier was a print reporter covering state and local politics for The Washington Post and policy as a White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
It was also announced that veteran producer Carline Watson who in January will celebrate 20 years at NPR will become the executive producer of All Things Considered. Watson has most recently helmed the Identity and Culture Unit dedicated to incorporating coverage of race, faith, gender, family into the network’s reporting and initiatives. She has also worked on the programs Tell Me More, News and Notes, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.
Lastly Kenya Young an eight-year veteran of NPR has been tapped to serve as executive producer of the weekend editions of All Things Considered. Young’s appointment is noteworthy in that she advanced to her present position from intern. Young first worked on the former NPR program News & Notes and later produced for Day To Day, Weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More and Talk of The Nation.
“Carline and Kenya are both respected producers who bring good judgment and the right sensibilities to the table when trying to program shows which report on the news of the day in a way which says to the audience here’s what matters, and we want your take,” Butler added.
NABJ wishes each of Ms. Martin, Ms. Watson, and Ms. Young much success in their new roles.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.