Before joining WBUR in 2009, Martha Little worked as the senior supervisory editor of the National Public Radio mid-day news program Day to Day, based in Los Angeles. While there, Little guided a staff of 15 reporters, editors and producers in broadcasting a daily news magazine that covered everything from politics to business to international affairs. The program was hosted by Madeleine Brand and Alex Chadwick.
Before her six years at NPR, Little served as senior news editor for American Public Media’s daily business radio program, Marketplace, for which she shared a prestigious Peabody Award for “Show Excellence” in 2000. Little was honored with a second Peabody Award in 2006 for a piece she edited on Mexican immigration. In 2003, she won a Gracie Award in recognition of her editing of a radio story on women in business.
While at Day to Day, among the special projects Little developed and coordinated was a year-long special on climate change. She traveled to Japan and produced a series on that country’s sometimes contradictory relationship to the environment and climate change. She also guided coverage for the record-long 2008 presidential race and produced several series on the future of television.
Little 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.” Little then became managing editor of “The Russian,” a magazine devoted to coverage of 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 foreign ministry. Before her graduate work she served on the Committee for National Security in Washington, D.C. There Little organized media tours with arms control and security experts such as Condoleezza Rice and William Colby.
Little graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations (1984). She also holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the University of Southern California, where she also worked as a Ph.D. candidate. Little resides in Brookline with her husband, a television editor, and their two children.
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