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Making News: The Quarter Century Collaboration Between Correspondent David Martin and Producer Mary Walsh

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Making News: The Quarter Century Collaboration Between Correspondent David Martin and Producer Mary Walsh

Hot Topics

With David Martin and Mary Walsh

New date! Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Donovan Pavilion | Vail

It takes weeks, months and sometimes years to get a news story from conception to broadcast on a show such as 60 Minutes or CBS Sunday Morning. CBS News Correspondent David Martin and Producer Mary Walsh, who have worked together for 25 years and recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story in a Newscast for their story “Aftermath,” will discuss how stories are crafted, how decisions are made and how reporters handle the tsunami of news in these challenging times.
Mary Walsh is the national security producer for CBS News; her work includes producing stories for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She has been assigned to the Pentagon since 1993 and has covered the American military all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Germany, the Philippines, and Korea.
As CBS News producer in Tokyo from 1989 to 1993, Walsh was responsible for news coverage in all parts of Asia – with focus on China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. She was based in New York in 1987-89 and Atlanta in 1985-87. Highlights from those years include covering the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, the bombing of Pan Am 103 and too many hurricanes to count.
Walsh began her career at CBS News in 1979 as assistant to the Political Director in Washington D.C. She covered Geraldine Ferraro’s vice presidential campaign in 1984 and Vice President George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988.
She has won three Alfred I. DuPont awards from Columbia University, five Emmy awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Wilber Award from the Religious Communicators Council, the University of Texas School of Communication 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2013 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award and the 2017 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation journalism award for coverage of National Security
A graduate of the University of Texas where she was editor of the Daily Texan, Walsh began her career as a journalist at the Rome Daily American in Italy in 1977. Walsh has also contributed to two books.
David Martin has been CBS News’ national security correspondent, covering the Pentagon and the State Department, since 1993. In that capacity, he has reported virtually every major defense, intelligence and international affairs story for the CBS Evening News, as well as for other broadcasts, including 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. He also contributed to 60 Minutes Wednesday.
During the invasion of Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, Martin’s in-depth knowledge of how the State Department, intelligence community and military operate, both on the battlefield and in Washington positioned him as the “big picture” reporter for CBS News. Utilizing his own sources and reports from CBS News correspondents in the region and around the world, as well as in Washington, he explained and assessed the military’s strategies and operations for viewers.
Martin broke several significant stories before and during the Iraq war. He was the first to report on the opening night of the war, that the U.S. was launching a strike on a palace bunker in southern Baghdad in an attempt to take out Saddam Hussein. Martin also broke the story of the military’s “shock and awe” strategy for its initial strike on Baghdad. During a trip to Iraq in May 2003, he was the first journalist to visit and report on Dora Farms, where Saddam was said by the CIA to have been hiding on the opening night of the war.
Martin has received several Emmys; he has also received two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards (2002 and 2004) for his body of work, most of which has appeared on the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes Wednesday.
Regarding the first Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, the award committee said that his “consistently excellent reporting on the beat of national security hit its peak this year….break[ing] news on a wide range of defense and security stories with details that only experience and doggedness can ferret out. This is exemplary reporting that repeatedly breaks through the barriers of official statements.”
In awarding the second DuPont, the committee said, “David Martin’s reports on the Pentagon, the military build-up to the Iraq war and on the war itself demonstrate his exceptional grasp of national security issues. Teamed with his long-time producer, Mary Walsh, Martin consistently breaks new information with clear reporting on the Pentagon’s goals. He exemplifies the role of a journalist: to measure what we are being told against what we find out.”
Martin also received the 2004 Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs and public policy reporting awarded by the Washington Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association.
He joined CBS News as its Pentagon correspondent in 1983. Martin’s duties later expanded to include the State Department and intelligence beats.
Before that, he covered defense and intelligence matters for Newsweek magazine from its Washington bureau (1977-83). Martin was a reporter with the Associated Press in Washington (1973-77), covering the FBI and CIA. He also was a member of the AP special assignment team (1977).
Martin began his journalism career as a researcher for CBS News in New York in 1969. He then became a news writer with the AP broadcast wire (1971-72) and a fellow at the Washington Journalism Center (1973).
Martin is the author of two books, “Wilderness of Mirrors” (Harper & Row, 1980), an account of the secret wars between the CIA and KGB, and “Best Laid Plans: The Inside Story of America’s War Against Terrorism” (Harper & Row, 1988).
He was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in English. During the Vietnam War, Martin served as an officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer.
This program is generously underwritten by Doris Dewton & Richard Gretz and Mary Pat & Keith Rapp; the Hot Topics Series is generously underwritten by Cindy Engles and Kathy & Neal Kimmel.

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