ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz reveals what's inside her carry-on bag.
- By Benjamin Pauker
Ben Pauker is executive editor, online, at Foreign Policy. Ben came to FP in May 2010 from World Policy Journal, where he was managing editor from 2007-2010. A native of New York, he grew up in Brazil, Australia, and Thailand and has written for Harper's, the Economist, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He is the co-founder of the Gastronauts, the world’s largest adventurous-eating club, and, in the course of reporting but mainly to see if it was possible, has smuggled small arms out of Central Africa.
Martha Raddatz isn’t one to shy away from danger. As senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, she has leapt out of helicopters in Afghanistan, ridden shotgun in F-15 fighter jets, and been out on night patrols in Iraq’s Sadr City. “I’m kind of a lone operator,” Raddatz says. “I prefer not being in a pack of 25 journalists.” But it’s less a desire to be a daredevil than a distinctly humanizing touch she brings to delivering the news.
Foreign Policy caught up with Raddatz just off the plane from her latest trip to Afghanistan, where she hopscotched around the country’s south in a pair of V-22 Ospreys alongside top U.S. commander Gen. John Allen. There, with Raddatz in tow, Allen appealed for calm as violence erupted across the country following news that U.S. troops had burned Qurans at Bagram Airfield. Back in Washington on her office’s carpet — a Turkish kilim, the first one she ever bought — Raddatz shared a look at what’s inside her black Baggallini carry-on.