I am pleased to finally say that spring is almost here, and just in time too. This is my absolute favorite season, for it represents a time of rebirth and renewal. Old plans are redefined and sharpened, and everyone contemplates what’s new? Last week, we at Brooklyn Legends took this question to heart. Here is what we came up with.
We have made a few additions to the Brooklyn Legends home page that I am excited to share with you; Brooklyn Sounds and Brooklyn Sights. As you might have guessed, Brooklyn Sounds features a song from a Brooklyn vocalist, and Brooklyn Sights provides a glimpse of the beautiful places in Brooklyn. I know that many of you follow our posts on a smart phone or tablet. However, these new features are best viewed when using a computer. When you get a moment, please spend some time on our site. Don’t forget to tell us what you think.
Continuing with the theme “what’s new,” today’s post will mark the first time we highlight a journalist from Brooklyn. I can think of no one better to feature than Michel Martin, the Emmy award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Tell Me More, which she created 7 years ago. What makes this show special is the way that Martin explores topics that focus on how we live and collaborate and how we handle collisions that arise during life’s more challenging moments.
Martin is highly praised for featuring provocative, accessible conversations that go behind the headlines with global newsmakers and people you might meet on the street. In today’s fast-paced world, accessibility is an important key to growth. Tell Me More makes room for new voices to be heard on public radio, and social media outlets, while making the connection between traditional public radio and communities of color.
The way in which the show was originally conceived was sheer brilliance. It was built on a platform that provided something for everyone. Here are a few notable examples:
- Barbershop and Beauty shop – designed as a forum for no-holds-barred conversations on the news from men and women in one of the community’s favorite gathering place.
- Moms – designed as a resource for moms, dads and grandparents. This is one of the show’s original segments that featured everyday parents and recognized experts.
- Faith Matters – designed to examine the powerful role faith and spirituality play in everyday life across denominations and faith traditions.
- Wisdom Watch – designed as vehicle for highlighting views of distinguished ‘elders’ who are thought-leaders and influencers from around the world.
- Money Coach – designed to provide insights into personal finance, the economy and financial literacy.
- Political Chat – designed as a place where newsmakers, trusted analysts and sharp rising stars in the world of commentary could reflect on national affairs.
- Behind Closed Doors – designed as a safe space to discuss issues that most people tend to keep private.
Before Tell Me More, Martin had already distinguished herself as a serious journalist. She joined the NPR family from ABC news where she worked since 1992. During her tenure at ABC, she served as a correspondent for Nightline from 1996 to 2006. Among the many stories she featured were: The United States Embassy bombings in Africa, racial profiling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Congressional budget battles. In addition to her role as a correspondent, Martin was a regular contributor to numerous ABC programs and specials including: coverage of the September 11 Tragedy, the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas controversy and reports for the series America in Black and White. She was also a regular panelist on This Week with George Stephanopoulous.
Prior to her tenure with ABC, Martin covered state and local politics for the Washington Post, and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was also the White House Correspondent. She has also appeared as a regular panelist on Washington Week, a popular PBS series, and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.
Martin has received awards from several influential 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 from the American Bar Association. In addition to her Emmy award, she has received 3 additional Emmy nominations, including one with NPR’s Robert Krulwich for an ABC News program examining children’s racial attitudes.
We at Brooklyn Legends are so proud of Michel Martin. She is a consummate professional who is dedicated to her craft and committed to excellence. She has set the bar high and will continue to be a role model for future generations of Brooklyn women of color, who aspire to be journalists. For this, and so much more, we salute her!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Michel Martin – NPR.org
Photo for Tell Me More Moms – Lesliemorgansteiner.com