It’s 10 days after the presidential election, and Martha Raddatz, back in her book-lined Washington, DC, office after a photo shoot, quickly de-pancakes her makeup and slips into slim pants, a puffy down jacket, and flats, all black. Then she curls up in a chair, a Pakistani rug woven with images of Kalashnikov rifles, tanks, and grenades at her feet, to talk about her work as a TV reporter in some of the most dangerous, machismoloaded situations in the world.
“I was in Ramadi, and there was an older marine who said, ‘Are you one of the good ones or one of the bad ones?’ ” she recalls. “And I just looked him in the eye and said, ‘I don’t know, Marine, are you one of the good ones or one of the bad ones?’ ”
“And he said, ‘Okay, I gotcha.’ ”
Raddatz, ABC News’s chief global affairs correspondent and, since last January, the coanchor of the Sunday show This Week With George Stephanopoulos, is an experienced journalist…a serious person…one of the good ones in a time when a lot of amateurs and opportunists are being allowed seats at various grown-ups’ tables. She co-moderated the Access Hollywood–inflected presidential debate last October, to acclaim. She’s been to the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan at least 50 times—she took her daughter, Greta, then 16, to Bosnia over spring br