National Correspondent, CBS News
Senior Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning
Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning based in New York since December 1994. Her work has been recognized with three Emmy Awards, for reports on Princess Diana's death, the Detroit newspaper strike and a factory workers' lawsuit against the Maytag Company. Teichner also interviewed First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for Sunday Morning in 1995 and 1997.
Before joining Sunday Morning, she was twice assigned to the CBS News London bureau. During that time she covered many wars as one of only a handful of female battle correspondents.
In her second tour of duty in London (1989-94), Teichner reported on the war in Bosnia, the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Romanian Revolution. She also spent several weeks in the Bolivian jungle covering undercover operations with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Teichner was in Johannesburg to report on Nelson Mandela's release from prison and later on his election as president of a post-apartheid South Africa.
During the Persian Gulf War, she was one of few journalists allowed by the military to accompany U.S. troops there. Teichner spent nearly six weeks with the 1st Armored Division in the Saudi desert, and also covered the conflict from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel. She received a Breakthrough Award, presented by Men, Women and the Media for her war reporting.
Between her two London assignments, Teichner was based in Johannesburg (1987-89), during the final dangerous years of the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.
Before that she served three years in the Dallas bureau (1984-87). During that time she covered numerous stories in Latin America, among them the Mexico City earthquake.
During her first tour of London (1980-84), she covered Britain's royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, the Maze Prison Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland and the Lebanon War.
She first joined CBS News as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau (1977-80). Her assignments included the Cuban boat lift to the United States, as well as the war in El Salvador and the Shah of Iran's exile to Panama. While in Atlanta, Teichner was a reporter for Exodus: The Freedom Flotilla, a CBS Radio special about the exodus of Haitian and Cuban refugees to the U.S., for which she received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.
Teichnr began her broadcast journalism career at WJEF-Radio and WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. She then became a general assignment reporter for WTVJ-TV Miami and for WMAQ-TV Chicago.
Teichner is a member of the New York chapter of the Women's Forum, the D.A.R.-Walter Hines Page chapter of London, the Reform Club in London, the International Women's Media Foundation and the Wellesley Club of New York. Since 1995 she has served as moderator of Conversations With ..., an interview series from the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., the annual summer arts celebration in Charleston, S.C.
Teichner was born in Traverse City, Mich. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Teichner also attended the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business Administration. She lives in New York.