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John Martin

Public Policy Fellow


June 6, 2016 — August 31, 2020

Professional affiliation

Former Correspondent, ABC News, New York and Washington
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Wilson Center Projects

"Relevance Lost? Network Television News and American Public Policy"

Full Biography

John Martin served as an ABC News national correspondent based in Washington and New York (1975-2002). He covered events in the United States, Europe. China, Central and South America, the Middle East and South Africa. His reports appeared on Nightline with Ted Koppel, This Week with David Brinkley, 20/20, and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Upon retiring, he taught national affairs reporting at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2002-2010). Martin began his journalism career as a reporter, photo editor, and copy editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, and The New York Times International Edition (1956-66). Martin entered television journalism at the NBC News affiliate, KCRA TV, in Sacramento, CA, where he covered local, state and national issues and organized and conducted reporting trips to Africa and the Middle East (1966-75) His reports, analysis and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Monthly.