Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin

Host, NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday


NPR

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Majored in politics.
Went abroad after college - to Japan to teach English and learned to value international experiences.
Got an internship at the NPR station in San Francisco.
Moved to NY to get a master's degree in International Affairs to try to be a foreign correspondent.
Went to Afghanistan as a freelancer.
Took a variety of short term assignments that eventually led to a job hosting an NPR show.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
University of Puget Sound
Graduate
Politics and Government
University of Puget Sound

Career

Host, NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday

I host a national two hour weekly public affairs radio program.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Radio
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Most days I am doing a combination of things. On certain days, we have editorial meetings to talk through the week's news and decide what to put on our show the coming weekend. Every day I have at least one interview with a guest, usually three or four. So I spend a lot of time preparing for those by reading and writing questions. When I'm not in meetings or preparing for or conducting interviews, I'm working with my producers to come up with great ideas for future shows.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The best journalism training comes on the job. Internships are great places to start but also just diving in as a freelancer can teach you a lot really quickly. You need to learn how to be able to discern what a solid story is. What makes it relevant? Why should people matter and what's the best angle to take in order to make people care? Answering these questions gets easier with experience. You also need to know how to write in a clear, compelling way for broadcast.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Look for opportunities to get some journalism experience - at a school paper or community newspaper. Or look for volunteer opportunities at your local NPR station, anything that can help you get a great internship when you graduate.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"It's really hard to make a living as a journalist these days. It's too unpredictable, too unstable and the odds of being successful are really low."