Martin Savidge joined NBC News as a correspondent in March 2004. Savidge is based in Atlanta and reports for all the networks of NBC, including MSNBC and CNBC.
Prior to joining NBC News, Savidge was a news anchor and national correspondent for CNN based in Atlanta from 1996 to 2004. He reported from eight war zones and on such breaking news stories as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the school shootings in Arkansas and Oregon, the wildfires in Florida and hurricanes Bonnie, Georges and Mitch.
In 2003, Savidge reported from Kuwait on the military build up prior to the war with Iraq and then became one of CNN's embedded journalists working from the front lines with the 1st Battalion of the 7th Marines. Following the September 11th attacks, he reported from New York City's Ground Zero on the research and rescue mission and the ongoing recovery. Additionally, Savidge spent 80 days on assignment in Afghanistan, reported for CNN for six weeks from Kandahar and traveled to Bagram where he became the first television reporter to travel with U.S. troops during Operation Anaconda.
Savidge also has extensive anchor experience, previously anchoring CNN's "The World Today," "Early Edition," and the weekend editions of "CNN Early Prime," "CNN Worldview" and "Prime News," and "The World Today."
Before joining CNN, he worked as a special projects reporter and anchor for WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. For 11 years, he covered major local, national and international stories, specializing in news documentaries and breaking news.
Savidge began his broadcasting career as an anchor and reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill. In 1981, he worked as the prime time anchor for WMBD in Peoria, Ill. He has also worked as a reporter for the Associated Press.
Savidge has been recognized with numerous awards for his achievements in journalism, including nine local Emmy awards, six Associated Press awards, two United Press International awards and two Women in Communication awards. I n 2000, he won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales story and in October 2002, the National Journalism Education Association named Savidge its "Media Person of the Year" for his support of scholastic journalism.
Savidge earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.