Martha Raddatz Biography
Martha Raddatz is an American media personality working for ABC News. She is the network’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent reporting for ABC’s World News Tonight and other network broadcasts and serves as a co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”. She previously served as the chief correspondent for WCVB-TV.
Martha Raddatz Age
Raddatz was born on February 14, 1953, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, U.S.
Martha Raddatz Height
Martha stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Martha Raddatz Education
Raddatz attended East Lake High in Salt Lake City, Utah, and earned her diploma in 1971 before joining the University of Utah but dropped out to work at a local station.
Martha Raddatz Parents
Martha was born in Idaho Falls but after her father died, when she was three (“I have zero memories of him”), her mother, who was from Salt Lake City, moved Martha and her older sister back there. That’s where Raddatz grew up. “My mother was raised Mormon but didn’t raise us Mormon,” Raddatz says. “We went to a Catholic church a little bit, but ended up going to a Protestant church in Salt Lake City.” Not much is known about her parents but she was brought up alongside her sister.
Martha Raddatz Husband
Martha has been married thrice. In 1979, she married Ben Bradlee Jr a Pulitzer prize-winning editor on the Boston Globe investigations unit that uncovered the Catholic church’s pedophile priest scandal, which was dramatized in the movie Spotlight. He is the son of former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee. In 1991, she married her second husband Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration. President Barack Obama attended their wedding. Genachowski, eight years younger than Martha is a Harvard Law classmate of Barack Obama. She is currently married to her third husband, journalist Tom Gjelten who works as NPR’s religion and belief correspondent. The duo met at At NPR started dating before exchanging their marriage vows. The two have been married for over 2 decades.
Martha Raddatz Children
Martha and her husband haven’t welcomed any children as of 2021 but she has two children from her two previous marriages, a daughter, Greta Bradlee who is an attorney, and a son, Jake Genachowski, a video marketer and coach at the Maret School. He has also been a football and softball coach there, as well as a campus tour guide. He also listed a series of prominent media internships, including Vox, ESPN, WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., and 106.7 The Fan and he graduated from Kenyon College in 2015 with a degree in economics.
Martha Raddatz ABC News
Martha joined ABC in 1999 and serves as the station’s chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She has covered national security, foreign policy, and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world. She began covering war during the crisis in Bosnia in the late 1990s, but it is Iraq and Afghanistan where she has spent most of her time overseas. Even during her stint as White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s administration, she continued to make regular trips into war-torn Iraq.
Raddatz embedded with U.S. forces during dozens of trips abroad, from the sands of Al Anbar province to the mountains of the Hindu Kush. She is the only television reporter allowed to fly in an F-15 fighter jet on combat missions over Afghanistan, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In 2011 she reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she was one of the few reporters on the last major convoy out of Iraq. She also had an exclusive interview on the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Libya with the Marines who helped rescue two American pilots who had gone down in Libya. In 2012, Raddatz was on a U.S. destroyer as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz.
She reported exclusively from the USS George H.W. Bush, covering the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in 2014, and again in March 2016 from the USS Truman. In 2015, she was granted exclusive access to the anti-ISIS command center at an undisclosed location in the Middle East and anchored “This Week” from an airbase from which drone warfare is conducted. Her reporting trips have taken her to Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and numerous countries in Africa and Asia.
In October 2012, Raddatz moderated the only Vice Presidential debate between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, which covered both domestic and foreign topics. Post-debate Raddatz received an outpouring of praise for asking pointed questions on a range of issues while asserting control over the conversation. She received the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism with a special commendation for debate moderation. During the 2016 election, Raddatz co-moderated the Democratic and Republican primary presidential debates on ABC as well a presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, for which she once again received praise for her moderating skills.
Prior to joining ABC, she was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Prior to joining NPR. She was also the chief correspondent at the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. In addition to covering several Presidential campaigns, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Europe.
Martha Raddatz Phone
During her time as a White House correspondent, Raddatz often had trouble hearing incoming calls or messages on her cell phone since press gatherings are frequently busy, crowded, and noisy. To allow her to acknowledge important incoming calls, she asked Jake, her son to program a loud ringtone into her cell. He chose Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ Dirty.” In a 2007 White House briefing, it went off in her purse, and she had to scramble to turn it off. When Chamillionaire heard the story, he was pleased, “Can’t lie,” he tweeted. “That just made my night. Appreciate it. @MarthaRaddatz Keep it, gangsta.”
Martha Raddatz Awards
Raddatz has won numerous awards and nominations. In 2012, she received the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for excellence in journalism, as well as the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. She received four Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for being on the team covering the inauguration of Barack Obama, the attacks of September 11th, and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. She was also the recipient of the 2007 International Urbino Press Award, the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association, and a 1996 Overseas Press Club Award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. In 2007 the White House Correspondents’ Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in Presidential news coverage under deadline pressure. In 2018, she received the George Catlett Marshall Medal for sustained commitment to the men and women of America’s armed forces.
Martha Raddatz Book
Raddatz is the author of “The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family,” a highly acclaimed book about a battle in Iraq that made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists. The Washington Post described the book as “a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.”
Martha Raddatz Salary
She earns an annual salary of $2 million.
Martha Raddatz Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
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