«Class of 2006

Maria Martin

president, Gracias Vida Productions (Austin, Texas)

Martin was born in Mexico City, and grew up in Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California. She earned an associate’s degree at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree at Ohio State University. She got her start in journalism at KBBF, a bilingual radio station in Santa Rosa, California. She has worked for more than 20 years in public broadcasting, including for California Public Radio, where she was a senior reporter and producer, Latin American News Service, where she was an editor and host, and National Public Radio, where she was an editor on the National Desk. She is the founding producer of Latino USA, an English-language NPR program covering the country’s Latinos, as well as Latin America.  In 2003, Martin left Latino USA to start her own production and training company, Gracias Vida Productions, where she works from Austin, Texas and Antigua, Guatemala on independent bilingual journalism projects. Martin has won more than a dozen awards for her reporting, editing and documentary work, including an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award in 2002.

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