Don't be surprised if you see Michel Martin tearing up a bit on Thursday, May 8, when she visits Miami to receive this year's Hank Meyer Headliner Award -- even she's worried about crying a little.
It's her very pathos and determination to pull people from all aspects of life into roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews that have earned the host of NPR's "Tell Me More" the award, from the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.
"I feel very humbled. But it's also a result of our entire staff," says Martin. "Broadcasting is a team sport."
What makes Martin especially proud of receiving the award -- which has gone to journalists Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and the Miami Herald's own Leonard Pitts, Jr. -- is that the value of her work was taken into consideration as well as simply the work itself.
“I am fascinated by people who live lives different from my own, and at the same time, I feel connected to all of these lives being a journalist, a woman of color, a wife and mother,” says Martin.
Listen to the full interview with Martin here:
"Tell Me More" airs on WLRN at 8 p.m. weeknights.