Martha Raddatz

Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent
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Martha Raddatz is ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. She has covered all aspects of foreign policy for nearly 20 years – reporting from the Pentagon, the State... Read More »

Martha Raddatz is 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. In addition, Raddatz serves as the primary substitute for George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" and contributes regularly to the roundtable.

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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Troops Surrounded, Trapped in Iraq's Key Refinery, Sources Tell ABC News
MARTHA RADDATZ
Jun 20, 2014 11:59 AM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Hundreds of Troops Remain Surrounded in Iraq's Key Refinery, Says US Official
MARTHA RADDATZ
Jun 21, 2014 08:11 AM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Iraqi Military Out of Hellfires in Battle Against ISIS
MARTHA RADDATZ
Jun 21, 2014 07:24 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Obama Approves ISIS Surveillance Flights Over Syria
MARTHA RADDATZ, MARY BRUCE and CHRIS GOOD
Aug 26, 2014 01:07 PM Story from Politics MARTHA RADDATZ, MARY BRUCE and CHRIS GOOD, ABC News
Israel Says It Downed Drone as Gaza Death Toll Climbs
ALEXANDER MARQUARDT and MARTHA RADDATZ
Jul 14, 2014 08:45 AM Story from International ALEXANDER MARQUARDT and MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
US General Slain in Afghanistan Identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene
MARTHA RADDATZ and COLLEEN CURRY
Aug 05, 2014 05:47 PM Story from International MARTHA RADDATZ and COLLEEN CURRY, ABC News
Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says
MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
Jun 03, 2014 12:59 PM Story from Blotter MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News
US Troops Head to Latvia as Russia Progresses Against 'Helpless' Ukraine
Martha Raddatz
May 01, 2014 06:30 PM Blog Entry from News Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Al Qaeda Affiliate Leader Praised in 'Atypical' Terror Gathering
Martha Raddatz
Apr 16, 2014 08:53 AM Blog Entry from News Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Afghanistan US Troop Exit May Be Rapid
Martha Raddatz
Jan 07, 2013 08:41 AM Blog Entry from Politics Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Hillary Clinton Rippin' Mad
Martha Raddatz
Jan 23, 2013 11:14 AM Blog Entry from Politics Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Manhunt for Boston Bombing Suspect Ended When He Meekly Lifted His Shirt
MARTHA RADDATZ
Apr 21, 2013 09:20 PM Story from US MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC News
Albrecht Muth's Refusal to Eat Delays Murder Trial
in a hospital bed for his first and only interview since his arrest, Muth told ABC's Martha Raddatz that he
Mar 27, 2013 04:50 PM Blog Entry from Politics Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Senior U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack 'Big,' 'Strategically Significant'

ABC News' Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl report:

Martha Raddatz that there is "a significant threat stream and we're reacting
Aug 04, 2013 09:00 AM Blog Entry from Politics Martha Raddatz, ABC News
U.S. Negotiating Release of American Writer in Somalia
Martha Raddatz
Jan 27, 2012 06:45 PM Blog Entry from News Martha Raddatz, ABC News
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