Betsy Fischer Martin

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Person.png Betsy Fischer Martin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornBetsy Fischer
February 17, 1970
New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materAmerican University
SpouseJonathan Lansing Martin
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
TV news executive at NBC's Meet the Press, an agenda-setter on corporate television, and Managing Editor of Political Programming at NBC News. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.

Employment.png News Executive

In office
1991 - 2014
Succeeded byKjetil Alstadheim
Producer of Meet the Press

Betsy Fischer Martin is an American journalist and former TV news executive at NBC's “Meet the Press,” one of the agenda-setters on corporate television, and Managing Editor of Political Programming at NBC News.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Per 2022, she is Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and the Executive-in-Residence. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide and she is the founder, and principal, of her own consulting business, Fischer Martin Media, where she specializes in offering media training to corporate executives.[1]

Early life

Betsy Fischer Martin was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, on February 17, 1970. Her mother, Sally F. Pomeroy, was a member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus and retired as a piano and voice teacher in Metairie, Louisiana. Her father, Rev. George J. Fischer, retired as the pastor of First Union Presbyterian Church in Luling, Louisiana.[2]

Betsy Fischer Martin attended Grace King High School, a public high school located in Metairie, Louisiana, which she graduated from in 1988.[3] She obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from American University in Washington D.C. She completed her B.A. in 1992 (Cum Laude) with a major in justice and a minor in political science. She obtained an M.A in 1996 in journalism and public affairs. During her time at American University she was also a research assistant at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.[4]

Marriage and children

In 2012 Martin married Jonathan Lansing Martin. She has one daughter from her previous marriage, and lives with her husband in Falls Church, Virginia.[4]


Martin began her career by interning in 1991 at NBC's Political/Poling Unit and “Meet the Press,” in Washington D.C. Within this department at NBC from 1991 to 2002 she moved through the ranks achieving the positions of Researcher, Associate Producer, Producer, and Senior Producer with “Meet the Press.” [4]

She worked closely for 17 years with her mentor, Tim Russert, producing his interviews on “Meet the Press” as well as producing NBC's coverage for the political elections, including four presidential elections (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004). This coverage included the primaries, party conventions, debates, and election night broadcasts.[4]

In 2002 she became thc a position that she held for 11 years. During this time, she oversaw all editorial content, guest-selection, strategic planning, production, marketing, special online programming, and financial decision-making for the program. In total, she was the Executive Producer of more than 600 live national broadcasts of “Meet the Press.” [4]

In 2008, she produced NBC's coverage of the presidential election for Tom Brokaw - including party conventions, debates, and election night - as well as one of the three general election debates between McCain and Obama, which he moderated (October 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee). She was also the Anchor Producer for David Gregory for NBC's Special coverage of the 2012 presidential election.[4]

Later, from 2013–2014, she was the Managing Editor of Political Programming at NBC News. In this position she was responsible for the development and execution of network political coverage at NBC News. In total, she spent 23 years with NBC News.[4]

After NBC

Martin left NBC News in 2014, and until 2016 was a Contributing Editor for Washington MORE Magazine where she interviewed female political leaders about policy issues, women's empowerment and leadership skills. Some of her notable interviews included Condoleezza Rice (April 2015), Nikki Haley (October 2015), and Samantha Power (February 2016).

In 2016 Martin was a Contributor for Bloomberg Politics. Notably, in 2016 she was the Co-host for Bloomberg News’ “Masters in Politics” Podcast. This political podcast featured interviews and discussions with presidential candidates, government officials, and key strategists. Some of her prominent interviews were: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Sean Spicer, and Trevor Noah.

Additionally, Martin has traveled extensively on behalf of the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs, speaking to foreign journalists, students and political/civic organizations as an "independent" expert on United States elections, women in politics, and women in media. In 2016 she was a guest speaker for this program in Cambodia where she addressed the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign/Women in U.S. Politics and in 2018 she was a guest speaker for the program in Canada where she discussed the Media Influence and the U.S. Midterms on behalf of the Department of State.

Martin is currently the Executive Director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University. Here she is also the Executive in Residence for the School of Public Affairs where she teaches courses on political communication. She also teaches media skills for the SPA Analytics and Management Institute.[5]

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