Nina Martin


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Nina Martin was ProPublica’s sex and gender reporter, with a special interest in women's health and racial equity. Her "Lost Mothers" project with NPR, examining maternal mortality in the U.S., led to sweeping change to maternal health policy at the state and federal levels; it also won numerous awards, including the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a Keck Futures Initiative award from the National Academies of Science, George Polk and George Foster Peabody awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Martin’s other work at ProPublica focused on the criminalization of drug use in pregnancy, the role of religion in health care, and racial and gender disparities in COVID-19 deaths.

Previously, she was the articles editor and executive editor at San Francisco magazine and held staff positions at the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and Health and BabyCenter magazines. Martin has a B.A. in public policy from Princeton and an MSJ from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

A Reading List on the Hobby Lobby Cases

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the religious exemption cases. Here’s how to get up to speed.

In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on 'Fetal Harm'

Rennie Gibbs, a 16 year old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions

Nina Martin talks with a leading expert on the historic tension between civil rights and religious freedom.

Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

As the long, angry fight over abortion roars on, Tracy Weitz, a researcher in California, has quietly worked to gather reliable facts about the procedure and the women who choose to have it. A ProPublica Q & A.

The Growth of Catholic Hospitals, By the Numbers

A new report details the rapid growth of Catholic health care networks, and the questions and concerns that have attended it.

At a Catholic Hospital, a Dispute Over What a Doctor Can Do – and Say

The ACLU has filed a complaint in Colorado asserting a doctor was disciplined by a Catholic hospital simply for talking about an abortion.

Personnel Fouls: Sex Discrimination Suits Shake Tennessee Athletics

For years, the women’s athletics program at the University of Tennessee was a model of gender equity. No longer.

For Transgender Patients, a Growing Fight Over Health Coverage

One transgender woman’s effort to get a mammogram highlights larger confusion over care.

Catholic Hospitals Grow, and With Them Questions of Care

Women and gays in Washington state are bracing for limits on care, and calling for public debate.

California Poised to Broaden Access to Abortions

A state law could soon be signed to allow non-doctors to perform some abortions.

The Impact and Echoes of the Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

Two years after the Supreme Court decision tossing a sex discrimination case against the giant retailer, lawyers for women and minorities are navigating an altered legal landscape.

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