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Black Buying Power:
$679 Billion (2004)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
Top Five Expenditures:
- Housing 110.2 bil.
- Food 53.8 bil.
- Cars/Trucks 28.7 bil.
- Clothing 22.0 bil.
- Health Care 17.9 bil.
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Michel Martin joins NPR to host new daily
two-hour show for late this year
17, 2006) Michel Martin, currently an ABC News correspondent and former
Washington Post and Wall Street Journal correspondent, is joining NPR to
host a new afternoon public affairs and cultural program focusing on
stories of importance to African Americans, slated to launch in late 2006.
Martin will begin at NPR on January 16 and serve as contributor to and
substitute host for NPR programs while developing the new project, to be
produced by NPR in partnership with the African American Public Radio
She will continue as contributor to ABC News programs, including
Nightline, where she has been a full-time correspondent since 1996, and
the network's digital channel ABC News Now.
Martin's new two-hour program will serve as a daily companion show to
NPR's News & Notes with Ed Gordon, also co-produced by NPR and the AAPRC.
Martin's program will focus on U.S. and international news, events, ideas
and people in the public eye as well as those overlooked by mainstream
media. Additionally, the show will explore family and lifestyle issues and
all aspects of the arts.
"We are delighted that Michel will be bringing her unique point of view to
NPR and a brand-new program," said Jay Kernis, Senior Vice President for
Programming, NPR. "Michel has won honors and fans as a journalist who
interprets news and issues in a way that provides context and perspective.
With this new show, serving as a complement to the distinctive program
News & Notes, its host Ed Gordon and host/correspondent Farai Chideya, NPR
expands its commitment to providing a place in radio for diverse voices."
"I've always loved working with start-up programming and am thrilled to
have that opportunity using the global resources and diverse talents of
NPR News," Martin noted. "My goal is to lift up new voices and build on
the standard of excellence people know and expect from NPR."
"Michel's reputation precedes her - as a serious journalist with a deep
curiosity about people of all kinds and a willingness to openly engage on
issues that others might find sensitive," added Loretta Rucker, Executive
Consultant, AAPRC. "For the Consortium, this is a significant moment. It
demonstrates the commitment of the AAPRC and NPR to build more programs
that serve and attract African American listeners to public radio, and is
a mutually-beneficial partnership built on trust. NPR walks the talk."
Martin joined ABC News in 1992 and has been recognized for her
contributions to a wide range of its programs and specials, including the
network's award-winning coverage of Sept. 11, a documentary on the Anita
Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy and a critically-acclaimed AIDS special
anchored by Barbara Walters. She has covered numerous stories for
Nightline and contributed reports for its ongoing series America in Black
At ABC News, Martin has also reported for its news magazine Day One,
winning an Emmy for her reporting on the international campaign to ban the
use of landmines, and was a regular panelist on This Week with George
Stephanopoulos. She was host of the 13-part series Life 360, an innovative
program partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting and Nightline
incorporating documentary film, performance and personal narrative which
aired on public television stations across the country. Martin has
received three additional Emmy nominations, including one with NPR's
Robert Krulwich, also an ABC contributor, for an ABC News program
examining children's racial attitudes.
Martin previously covered state and local politics for the Washington Post
and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was
White House correspondent. She has also been a regular panelist on the PBS
series Washington Week and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.
Martin's honors also include the Candace Award for Communications from The
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Joan Barone Award for
Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting
from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association and a 2002
Silver Gavel Award, given by the American Bar Association.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Martin graduated cum laude from Radcliffe
College at Harvard University in 1980 and has done graduate work at Wesley
Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She is married to Washington
attorney William (Billy) Martin and their blended family includes two
older daughters and twin toddlers.
The African American Public Radio Consortium (AAPRC) is comprised of
public radio stations serving predominantly African-American audiences.
Its mission is to represent this group in national communication interests
and ensure the provision of information for underserved communities.
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'Buying Power' report shows black consumers spending more on home life
As the American economy continues to move sluggishly,
African-American households are curtailing their spending in many
categories, including food, clothing and basic household items, while
investing more in home repair, home entertainment and consumer
electronics. Although they are trimming back, black consumers are still
spending more than their white counterparts on most of these products.
According to the newest edition of “The Buying Power of Black America”
report, African-American households are tightening their belts when it
comes to dining out, expanding their wardrobes, and leisure activities out
of the home. At the same time, they are increasing their spending on home
repairs and remodeling, audio and...
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