Martha Raddatz

Chief Global Affairs Correspondent
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Martha Raddatz is co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. She has covered all aspects of foreign policy for... Read More »

Martha Raddatz is co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. She has covered all aspects of foreign policy for nearly 20 years – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and from conflict zones around the world.

Prior to her current role she served as White House correspondent during the last term of President George W. Bush's administration. She has reported from a range of locations throughout the world from Haiti and Yemen to the Mideast and through south Asia.

Raddatz has traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan dozens of times, and to Iraq 21 times to cover the conflicts there. She was on the last convoy out of Iraq and is the only television reporter allowed to cover a combat mission over Afghanistan in an F15 fighter jet, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In the early hours of June 8, 2006, she was the first correspondent to report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed in a U.S. air strike north of Baghdad. In 2011 she reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she had an exclusive interview on the USS Kearsage 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 USS destroyer as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz.

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.

Raddatz joined ABC News in January, 1999 as the network's State Department correspondent. There she covered the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, as well as traveled to Africa, Pakistan and India with then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Her coverage at the State Department after the attacks of September 11 was recognized, along with that of other ABC News recipients, with a Peabody Award as well as an Emmy Award.

In May of 2004, Raddatz was named Senior National Security correspondent. During her time at the Pentagon, she reported exclusively on a number of stories, including the near capture of al-Zarqawi in April 2005, plus the discovery of his laptop computer.

From 1993-1998 Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), where she reported on foreign policy, defense and intelligence issues. During her tenure at NPR, she made numerous trips to Eastern Europe to cover the war in Bosnia. Prior to joining NPR in 1993, she was 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.

In 2012 Raddatz 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. She was also the recipient 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. Her reporting was also recognized with the National Headliner Award for team coverage of the 1988 Presidential campaign.

Raddatz is the author of The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family, a highly acclaimed book was released in March of 2007 that made both the New York Times and 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." Raddatz is also a frequent guest on PBS's "Washington Week" and "Charlie Rose."

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Al-Qaeda Fighters in Yemen Seemed Ready for SEAL Raid: Source
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Jan 31, 2017 09:33 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News
A Look at Gen. James Mattis From a Close Friend
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Nov 22, 2016 05:40 PM Story from Politics MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News
U.S. Not Providing Air Support for Iraqi Push to Retake Tikrit From ISIS
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Mar 02, 2015 03:08 PM Story from Politics LUIS MARTINEZ and MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi Base Wearing Iraqi Army Uniforms
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Feb 13, 2015 05:24 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News
Video Appearing to Show Jordanian Pilot's Burning Death 'Absolutely' Backfired Against ISIS
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Feb 08, 2015 09:03 AM Story from International ELY BROWN and MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
ISIS on a 'Different Level' Than al Qaeda, Says Retired General John Allen
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Feb 08, 2015 07:17 AM Story from International ELY BROWN and MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Petraeus Sex Scandal: Former CIA Chief Tells Friend He 'Screwed Up Royally'
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Nov 29, 2012 03:41 AM Story from Politics MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Colin Powell Gives Pep Talk
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Jan 25, 2001 02:44 PM Story from International Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Should the United States Enforce Libyan No-Fly Zone?
MARTHA RADDATZ
Mar 07, 2011 02:40 AM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Nightline: 'Intifada' Revisited
A decade after traveling to Israel to cover the first intifada (uprising), ABCNEWS State Department correspondent Martha Raddatz returned to the area to see how attitudes have changed about peace
Dec 05, 2000 02:57 PM Story from Nightline Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Social Media Fuels Protests in Iran, Bahrain and Yemen
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Feb 15, 2011 06:43 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Hillary Clinton Visits Libya to Meet Rebel Leaders
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Oct 18, 2011 05:58 AM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Congress Wants Info on Security Case
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Sep 24, 2000 07:40 PM Story from International Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Exclusive: Marines Who Rescued Downed Pilots in Libya Feared Hostile Fire
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Mar 24, 2011 01:26 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Clinton: Unresolved Economic Crisis Could Destabilize Governments
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Feb 17, 2009 10:20 AM Story from Politics/International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
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