Rachel Martin ’96, Hon.'14 has spent two decades helping millions of Americans understand what's happening in the world. The longtime public radio journalist talks about empathy, objectivity, and other lessons she's learned on the way to her role as co-host of NPR's Morning Edition.

Access to National Public Radio’s Washington, D.C., headquarters is limited these days; tours of the building, located a mile due north of the U.S. Capitol, remain suspended as they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic began. It’s not off limits to employees, of course, but as at so many other workplaces over the past two and a half years, the option to work from home has proven too attractive for many to pass up. So it is that when Rachel Martin ’96, Hon. ’14 offers to show around a guest, the high-tech studios at North Capitol Street NE are not on the itinerary.

Martin laughs as she offers the next best thing: “I’m happy to give you a tour of my basement!”