ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz to speak in Coeur d'Alene, Thursday, October 11

ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 15th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. 

The event is made possible in part by major support from Marc and Vicki Brinkmeyer and the Idaho Forest Group. As the lead sponsor of the IHC’s annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture for the past 15 years, Idaho Forest Group once again has stepped up to bring to Coeur d’Alene (and to many area high school students) one of the most regarded journalists of our time.

Tickets are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC at 888-345-5346. General tickets are $65 and Benefactor tickets are $130. Benefactors are invited to a private pre-event reception with Raddatz at 5 p.m. The evening will begin with a no-host reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Resort. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Raddatz’s talk to follow. Raddatz’s book The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family will be available from the Well-Read Moose onsite for signing afterwards. 

The IHC also is grateful for additional critical support for the event from Lewis-Clark State College, Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho College, University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Press and Idaho Public Television.  

Martha Raddatz has covered national security, foreign policy and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world.

She began covering war during the crisis in Bosnia in the late 1990s, but it is Iraq and Afghanistan where she has spent most of her time overseas. Even during her stint as White House correspondent during President George W. Bush's administration, she continued to make regular trips into war-torn Iraq.

Raddatz embedded with U.S. forces during dozens of trips abroad, from the sands of Al Anbar province to the mountains of the Hindu Kush. She is the only television reporter allowed to fly in an F-15 fighter jet on combat missions over Afghanistan, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In 2011 she reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she was one of the few reporters on the last major convoy out of Iraq. She also had an exclusive interview on the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Libya with the Marines who helped rescue two American pilots who had gone down in Libya. In 2012, Raddatz was on a U.S. destroyer as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz. Raddatz reported exclusively from the USS George H.W. Bush covering the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in 2014, and again in March 2016 from the USS Truman. 

In 2012 Raddatz received the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for excellence in journalism as well as the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. She received five Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for being on the team covering the inauguration of Barack Obama, the attacks of September 11th and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. She was also the recipient of the 2007 International Urbino Press Award, the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association, and a 1996 Overseas Press Club Award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. In 2007 the White House Correspondents' Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in Presidential news coverage under deadline pressure.

Raddatz is the author of The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family, a highly acclaimed book about a battle in Iraq that made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists. The Long Road Home was made into a TV series which aired on National Geographic. The Washington Post described the book as "a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it."


Thanks to support from the Idaho Forest Group and other sponsors, the IHC has been bringing prominent historians, journalists, and novelists to Coeur d’Alene, including presidential biographer Robert Dallek (2004), western writer Ivan Doig (2005), journalist Susan Orlean (2006), War Letters collector Andrew Carroll (2007), former National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams (2008), National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan (2009), detective novelist Sara Paretsky (2010), Civil War historian James McPherson (2011), Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr (2012), prolific historian Douglas Brinkley (2013), bestselling novelist Jess Walter (2014), Pulitzer-Prize winner Diane McWhorter (2015), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (2016) and in 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham.