Since joining CBS News in October 1977, Martha Teichner has had a wide-ranging career that has covered the world. She has been a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning" since December 1993, based in New York, but spent more than a dozen years as a foreign correspondent covering major international events.
Teichner's work has been recognized with eight Emmy Awards for her reports, including her coverage of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the Bush administration's lead up to the Iraq War, Princess Diana's death and Samuel Mockbee's unique architecture curriculum at Auburn University, among others. In addition, Teichner interviewed then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for "Sunday Morning" in 1995 and 1997 and accompanied Mrs. Clinton to South Asia, Central Europe, China and Mongolia. Teichner has also won five James Beard Foundation Awards for her food-related reporting.
Prior to joining "CBS News Sunday Morning," Teichner was twice assigned to the CBS News London bureau (1980-84, 1989-94), where she not only covered Britain's royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, but many wars as one of only a handful of female war correspondents. Teichner also covered the Maze Prison Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland, the Lebanon War and the conflicts associated with the collapse of Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia). She reported on the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the Romanian revolution. Teichner also spent several weeks in the Bolivian jungle covering undercover operations with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
During the Persian Gulf War, she was one of a small group of journalists allowed by the military to accompany U.S. troops. She spent nearly six weeks with the 1st Armored Division in the Saudi desert, but also covered the conflict from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel.
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. She returned to report on Nelson Mandela's release from prison and, in 1994 she covered his election as the first black President of a post-apartheid South Africa.
Also between London assignments, Teichner spent three years in the Dallas bureau (1984 87), where she covered numerous stories in Latin America, among them the Mexico City earthquake. She began her CBS News career as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau (1977-80), where her assignments included the Cuban boatlift to the United States, the war in El Salvador and the exile of the Shah of Iran to Panama. While in Atlanta, Teichner covered a three-month strike by the coal miners in 1978 and numerous natural disasters. She was also recognized with a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for her reporting on the exodus of Haitian and Cuban refugees to the U.S. in the CBS Radio special, "Exodus: The Freedom Flotilla."
Teichner began her 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.
She has narrated seven "Biography" programs for A&E. Teichner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Daughters of the American Revolution (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 summer arts celebration in Charleston, S.C.
Teichner was born in Traverse City, Mich. She was graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in economics. She attended the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business Administration. Teichner resides in New York City.