Journalism Faculty

Martha C. Little

Part Time Faculty (2013)
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.A. University of Southern California

Martha C. Little

Martha Little is a well-known, award winning journalist. She has been the Senior Editor of the National Public Radio daily news programs "Day to Day" and "Marketplace". She was most recently the news director at WBUR here in Boston. She has also been the Editor for a variety of publications focusing on American business activity in the former Soviet Union.

Martha has had an outstanding career in journalism. She has received three national Edward R. Murrow awards for her editing work for WBUR, two national Public Radio News Directors Awards and numerous regional AP and RTDNA awards. While Senior Editor for "Marketplace", she shared in the prestigious Peabody Award (2000) for her work on the business news program. She received her second Peabody Award in 2006 for her work on "Day to Day", the NPR program presenting varied topics, interviews and commentaries, ranging from the War in Iraq, to politics, to Hollywood.

In 2003, Martha won a Gracie Award in recognition of her excellence in programming and her support of the entry, development and advancement of women in the field of journalism.

Martha's journalism career has offered her many opportunities to work with experts in the field of journalism, business and national security. While working with NPR, Martha worked outside the US, reporting on such topics as "Climate Change" in Japan and executing a joint project with "The Economist" in London. In her earlier career with the Committee for National Security in Washington D.C., Martha organized media tours with arms control and security experts such as Condoleezza Rice and William Colby.

Martha became interested in journalism while she was a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the University of Southern California. She began her journalism career as an Editor for "Russian Petroleum Investor" and "Intelnews". She then became the Managing Editor of "The Russian", a magazine devoted to covering American business activity in Russia. In 1998 she received a grant from the Ford Foundation for Combined Soviet/East European and International Security Studies, with a focus on nuclear arms control. Earlier she had received the Soviet Ministry Foreign Affairs Exchange Program Award and spent four months in Moscow reviewing the papers of Mikhail Gorbachev filed in the Soviet Ministry.

She currently resides in Brookline with her husband, a public TV editor/producer, and their two children.


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