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Posts Tagged ‘Michel Martin’

Weekend Show Preview – 11.2.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) on “FOX News Sunday,” The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” and Jeffrey Lacker, president, Richmond Federal Reserve on FOX News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.21.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “FOX News Sunday,” and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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National Journal ‘Women in Washington’ Issue Leads with Piece by NPR’s Michel Martin

NJCover07_26_14Friday we gave you the Magazine Cover of the Week, a look at NBC4′s Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler 25 year run as evening news anchors in the Washington Post Magazine, and we’re back to highlight National Journal’s “Women in Washington” issue.

In it, NPR’s Michel Martin penned the piece “What I’ve Left Unsaid: On Balancing Career and Family as a Woman of Color.”

On how the media portrays women of color, the NPR host of “Tell Me More” – set to fold August 1 – said, “It isn’t just the entertainment industry that does a poor job of depicting women of color and their full range of experiences; journalists should take some responsibility for this as well. One former TV boss of mine used to talk about getting a ‘white guy in a suit.’ The thinking was, if you wanted to show that whatever you were reporting on was a universal issue, you needed to go find a ‘white guy in a suit,’ either as the subject of the story or even to tell the story.”

The July 26 issue also features ”Go Ahead, Ruffle Some Feathers“ by former DC public school chancellor Michelle Rhee, ”Working Mother, Washington Powerhouse? Good Luck“ by Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and ”How I Learned to Love My Firstness“ by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Check it out, here, or on newsstands now.

Tell Me No! – NPR Cuts ‘Tell Me More’ Along With 28 Positions

NPR’s David Foldenfilk reports this afternoon that National Public Radio “would cease broadcast of the weekday program ‘Tell Me More’ on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company’s persistent budget deficits.” Eight of the 28 positions on the chopping block are currently vacant.

Host of the program Michel Martin and its executive producer Carline Watson are set to remain at the station.

Click on over to NPR for the full announcement.

NPR Executive Producer Dies of Cancer

NPR’s Teshima Walker, Executive Producer of “Tell Me More,” died this morning after battling colon cancer for two years. She was 44. According to an announcement from NPR earlier today, she is survived by her husband, writer Jimi Izrael, her parents, William and Vonceal Walker and her sister, Eureva Walker.

Some history

Since 2011, Walker was the executive producer for NPR’s midday news program “Tell Me More,” hosted by Michel Martin. Walker was part of the public radio family for more than a decade. She first joined the afternoon newsmagazine “All Things Considered” as a journalism fellow in 2000. Later she spent three years as a producer for “The Tavis Smiley Show,” and then worked for “News and Notes.” In 2007, Walker became senior supervising producer of “Tell Me More,” where she remained for the next six years in a variety of capacities. A Chicago native, Walker first came to NPR by way of WBEZ, where she was a senior producer for morning newsmagazine “Eight Forty-Eight.”

Thoughts from her coworkers

As explained in the release, Walker’s NPR colleagues knew her as a “Southside Chicago girl to the core,” with an infectious laugh, and as someone who put herself aside for everyone.

Ellen McDonnell, exec. editor for NPR News Programming: “Teshima was a terrific journalist who worked tirelessly to bring new and diverse voices to air. She was a phenomenal advocate for the show, the staff and the audience. Tell Me More – and everyone who was lucky enough to work with Teshima – thrived under her leadership.” 

Michelle Martin: “Teshima made us all want to dig a little deeper, think harder, and be better. She was everything you could want in a manager and friend: kind and open-hearted when you needed her to be, and tough, but fair, when you needed her to be. While I already miss her amazing laugh and her incredible off-key rendition of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, I know I am better for having heard them both. We are all very grateful for the time we had with her, and thank her husband, parents and sister for sharing these precious last days with us.” Read more

NPR to Interview Controversial Rapper

NPR announces an interview today on “Tell me More” with rapper Kreayshawn. Host Michel Martin, who previously worked for WaPo and was a White House Correspondent for WSJ, will do the honors. A brief release says the rapper will talk “about her lyrics, many of which address class and reflect her upbringing as a white child in Oakland.”

In the details…Airdate: TODAY, October 26, on Tell Me More; Audio: Available at approximately 2 PM (ET) at; Transcript: Available at approximately 2 PM (ET)

NPR Wins Five NABJ Excellence Awards

NPR News has won five National Association of Black Journalists 2011 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards for best radio program, commentaries, feature reporting and interactive news.

The news was announced Saturday at the NABJ Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize journalism that best addresses and covers the African and/or African-American experience.

Winners include the news-talk show Tell Me More and host Michel Martin’s weekly commentary series, “Can I Just Tell You”; a multimedia piece tracking Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake; and feature reports on singer Donny Hathaway and Civil Rights activist Dorothy Height.

The feature “A Year of Challenges: Haiti After the Quake,” received first place for interactive news. The multimedia effort, led by Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia Keith Jenkins, and the Digital Media staff, presented a collection of NPR news stories on the country’s struggle to recover from the earthquake of 2010.

NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes won two awards: for best radio feature and best long form radio news story. Reported as part of NPR Music’s “50 Great Voices” series, Keyes’ story “Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart of Soul” explored the singer’s solo work as the foundation of the soul genre, and his lasting influence on later musicians. Her second award was for “Remembering Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height,” a long form piece on the civil rights leader’s life.

NPR Gets David Byrne, Michael Stipe, Amb. Rice

NPR is taking the following guests to next weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

The List

Ambassador Susan Rice and Ian Cameron
Michael Stipe – lead singer R.E.M.
David Byrne – founding member, Talking Heads
Annie Clark – singer-songwriter, writes and records under the name St. Vincent)
Scott Z. Burns – writer/director/producer, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!, An Inconvenient Truth)
Mike White – actor/writer/director, School of Rock, Nacho Libre, The Good Girl, HBO’s Enlightened)

NPR hosts and journalists attending include: Don Gonyea, National Political Correspondent; Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, hosts, All Things Considered; Michel Martin, host, Tell Me More; Guy Raz, weekend host, All Things Considered; Peter Sagal, host, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent; Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent; and Bob Boilen, host and creator, All Songs Considered.

By the Way, NPR’s New Sen. Editor Worked at ABC

The following internal memo from Teshima Walker, supervising senior producer of NPR’s “Tell Me More”, with Michel Martin announces a new “Supervising Senior Editor” for the program. The memo mentions ABC five times.

“For several months, Tell Me More searched for an experienced manager with sharp news judgment and a reputation for creating and executing on-air story ideas. We’ve found that person and I’m delighted to announce that Portia Robertson Migas will be the new Supervising Senior Editor of Tell Me More. Portia worked for ABC News for 24 years where she had a proven track record of managing numerous special projects. Her journalism career at ABC included work at ABC Radio, World News Tonight, 20/20 and ABC News NOW. Plus, Portia embraces all aspects of our growing media landscape – she has supervised editorial coverage of stories for broadcast and digital media. During Portia’s time at ABC Newsmagazines, she was part of the Washington team that contributed to the network’s duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Portia is a welcome addition to the Tell Me More team and says she is “thrilled to be joining such a talented group of journalists.” We’ll invite all staff to meet and greet Portia when she gets settled in September. Thanks, Teshima”