Martin Fletcher was NBC News' Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv Bureau chief. He left NBC News after 32 years to work on his fourth book. He returned to NBC in 2010 to report on an as-needed basis from Israel.
Born in London, he graduated from the University of Bradford in 1970. He worked as a French and German interpreter for the Common Market. He began his career as a television news programming writer for VisNews in the UK in 1970. He joined the BBC, writing on the main evening news program, the 9 O'Clock News, until returning to Visnews after teaching himself to be a news cameraman. After four years in Belgium, Israel, and Rhodesia he joined NBC News.
He started with NBC News as a cameraman in 1977 in South Africa; he began his Tel Aviv assignment as network correspondent in 1982. He added Bureau Chief to his duties in 1996.
He has received five Emmy awards for his work on the first Palestinian uprising, the second Palestinian uprising, Rwanda, Kosovo, and trauma medicine in Israel. He has received numerous other awards including the television Pulitzer, the duPont from Columbia University, five Overseas Press Club awards, several Edward R. Murrow awards, a Hugo gold medal for a documentary on Israel which he shared with other NBC staffers, and an award from the Royal Society of Television in Britain.