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The Post’s Martine Powers named Senior Audio Host

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Announcement from Renita Jablonski Director of Audio and Maggie Penman Executive Producer of “Post Reports."

We are delighted to share that Martine Powers has been promoted to senior audio host.

If you listen to Martine on our daily news podcast, “Post Reports,” you know she asks smart questions, is innately curious, has a great sense of humor, and a grounding voice that adds calm to the day – even when the world feels like it is upside down. What you may not know is that her contributions extend well beyond the daily deadline-driven recording sessions. Martine is an editorial and show leader who helps drive our coverage and sharpens it at every turn.

Martine recognized years ago that typing up a source’s comment only tells you part of the story. Often it is not the words someone uses but how they say them, or the long pause after a question is asked, that tells us so much more. Martine and our colleagues throughout the newsroom extend the reach of The Post’s journalism through millions of podcast downloads each month. The show’s audience has seen robust growth this year, and Martine’s voice and creativity have been key to that success. The show has set new download records – with the last three months being its strongest three months to date.

Martine came to The Washington Post in 2016, after working at the Boston Globe and Politico, and spending a year as a Fulbright fellow in Trinidad & Tobago. She also attended the highly regarded audio production residency, the Transom Story Workshop.

She hit the ground running at The Post as a Metro reporter covering infrastructure and transportation. It was not long before she was sitting in front of a mic. She served as interim host of The Post’s “Can He Do That?” and hosted the narrative miniseries “How to Flip the House” ahead of the 2018 midterms. Later that year, she was named the host of “Post Reports.”

Martine and the “Post Reports” team have been recognized with several awards including a Peabody in 2021 for the audio documentary “The Life of George Floyd,” an Online Journalism Award for “Four Hours of Insurrection,” which was also just named a Scripps Howard finalist, as well as honors from the Webby Awards and National Association of Black Journalists.

Martine graduated from Yale with a BA in African American studies. When she is not working, she enjoys DIY home improvement projects and watching and critiquing period dramas. To hear how much she loves the latter, listen to her sharp takes on Black characters in period dramas in this fun episode of the podcast “For Colored Nerds.”

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