The Post’s Martine Powers named lead audio host
Martine recognized years ago that typing a source’s comment only tells you part of the story. Often it’s not the words someone uses, but the way they say them, or the long pause after a question has been asked, that tells us so much more. Martine and our newsroom colleagues extend The Post’s journalism reach through millions of podcast downloads every month. The show’s audience has seen strong growth this year, and Martine’s voice and creativity have been key to this success. The show set new download records – with the last three months being its strongest three months to date.
Martine joined the Washington Post in 2016, after working at the Boston Globe and Politico, and spending a year as a Fulbright scholar in Trinidad and Tobago. She has also participated in the highly acclaimed audio production residency, the Transom Story Workshop.
She got her start at the Post as a Metro reporter covering infrastructure and transportation. It wasn’t long before she was seated in front of a microphone. She was acting host of the show “Can He Do That?” from The Post. and hosted the narrative miniseries “How to Flip the House” before the 2018 mid-shows. Later that year, she was named host of “Post Reports.”
Martine and the “Post Reports” team have been awarded several prizes including a Peabody in 2021 for the audio documentary “The Life of George Floyd”, an Online Journalism Award for “Four Hours of Insurrection”, which has also just been named Scripps Howard a finalist, as well as honors from the Webby Awards and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Martine graduated from Yale with a BA in African American Studies. When not working, she enjoys home improvement projects and watching and reviewing period dramas. To hear how much she loves the latter, listen to her sharp interpretations of black characters in period dramas. in this funny episode from the “For Color Nerds” podcast.