David Martin Biography

David Martin is a reporter, author, and CBS News television news presenter from the United States. He is now the network’s National Security Correspondent, reporting from The Pentagon, a position he has held since 1993. Martin has written for CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours, among others.

How old is David Martin? – Age

On July 28, 1943, he was born in Washington, DC. He is 39 years old.

Where did David Martin go to school? – Education

In 1965, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in English.

David Martin – Family

Martin has not yet spoken anything about his parents or siblings.

Martin’s Wife

He is married to Elinor Martin, with whom he has four children.

David Martin The CBS journalist
David Martin The CBS journalist

What is Martin’s Salary?

His annual income is reported to be between $20,000 and $100,000.

Martin Net Worth

His net worth is believed to be 1.5 million dollars.

David Martin Career

He has been CBS News’ national security reporter since 1993, covering the Pentagon and the State Department. He has covered almost every major defense, intelligence, and global affairs story for CBS Evening News, as well as other shows including 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes Wednesday, and 48 Hours.
Martin broke multiple big stories prior to and during the Iraq War. On the first night of the war, he was the first to declare that the United States would launch an attack on Saddam Hussein’s palace bunker in southern Baghdad. Martin also disclosed the military’s “shock and awe” strategy for the initial strike on Baghdad. He was the first journalist to witness and report on Dora Farms, where the CIA thought Saddam Hussein was hiding on the first night of the war, on a trip to Iraq in May 2003. Martin joined CBS News as a Pentagon correspondent in 1983. Later, responsibilities were expanded to include the State Department and intelligence beats. Prior to that, from 1973 to 1977, he worked as a military and intelligence journalist for Newsweek magazine’s Washington bureau, covering the FBI and CIA. Martin was also a member of the Associated Press’s special assignment team (1977). Martin began his media career in 1969 as a researcher for CBS News in New York.

Martin worked as a news writer for the Associated Press broadcast wire and as a Washington Journalism Center fellow from 1971 to 1972. (1973).

Martin and the Abu Ghraib scandal

In February 2006, Martin delivered a CBS Evening News piece on Torin Nelson, a civilian interrogator at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Nelson was not engaged in any of the abuses, but his name has become linked to the scandal, and he has been unable to function as an interrogator since. Martin’s suggestion, however, was rejected by the makers of Evening News. Martin did discuss the unaired subject on his CBS blog. “I believe part of the reason [the story was rejected] was not because of the journalistic value, but because no one wanted to see those terrible photos [from Abu Ghraib] on television again,” he wrote.


  • Martin, David C.; Walcott John (1988). Best Laid Plans: The Inside Story of America’s War Against Terrorism. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Martin, David C.(2003). Wilderness of Mirrors: Intrigue, Deception and the Secrets That Destroyed Two of the Cold War’s Most Important Agents. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press.


He got two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards in (2002 and 2004).

The Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs and public policy reporting was presented in 2004 by the Washington Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association.

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