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Kati Marton is an American author and journalist. Her career has included reporting for ABC News as a foreign correspondent and National Public Radio, where she started as a production assistant 1971 in her 20s, as well as print journalism and writing a number of books.
Total Books: 33
She is the former chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition, and a director (former chairwoman) of the Committee to Protect Journalists and other bodies including the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch and the New America Foundation.
She has received several honors for her reporting, including the 2001 Rebekah Kohut Humanitarian Award by the National Council of Jewish Women, the 2002 Matrix Award for Women Who Change the World, the George Foster Peabody Award (presented to WCAU-TV, Philadelphia in 1973) and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary...the country's highest civilian honor. Marton is also a recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.
Marton was born in Hungary, the daughter of UPI reporter Ilona Marton and award-winning AP reporter Endre Marton. Her parents survived the Holocaust of World War II but never spoke about it. Her parents served nearly two years in prison on false charges of espionage for the U.S. and Kati and her older sister were placed in the care of strangers. Raised a Roman Catholic, she only learned late in life and by accident from a third party that her grandparents were Jews who were murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp. Among the many honors her parents received for their reporting on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was the George Polk Award. The family ultimately fled Hungary following the revolution and settled in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Marton attended Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.
She studied at the Sorbonne, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Growing up in Hungary, she had a French nanny, so she was raised speaking both Hungarian and French, learning American English when her family moved to America. She has a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University. Peter Jennings was her second husband. Her first husband was Carroll Wetzel, now a retired international investment banker from Philadelphia. Jennings and Marton had two children together. On August 13, 1993, Jennings and Marton publicly announced their separation in Newsday. She has been married since 1995 to diplomat Richard Holbrooke.
Her latest book, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, released in 2009, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in 2010 and is soon to be the subject of a major motion picture. This latest book covers Marton's discoveries about her journalist parents, mostly but not all positive in nature, after filing for access to the files kept by secret police in Budapest.
Marton has joined the faculty of Bard College.