March 17, 2021

Saying Yes to Fate with Martha Teichner | The Long Leash #11

Saying Yes to Fate with Martha Teichner | The Long Leash #11

Since 1977, Martha Teichner has reported on everything for CBS News, from war to apartheid to 9/11 to the coronavirus pandemic. This veteran journalist's world really opened up when she said yes to meeting Harry, an elderly bull terrier whose mom, Carol Fertig, was dying of cancer.


If someone wanted to create a mold of a serious journalist, they would use Martha Teichner as the model. Her career started in 1977, and she has reported on every topic you can think of. Her incredible voice and poised presence has been the vehicle through which we’ve learned about war, apartheid, pandemics, politics, and so much more.

Since 1993, Teichner enters our living rooms every week as a correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning. For many, hearing her voice is like attending a delicious brunch where everything you want is served … from bagels and lox to waffles and whipped cream to roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. Plus: a champagne bar and good, strong coffee.

So, when Teichner’s first book was published, many were surprised. It wasn’t about politics, or behind the scenes at the network, or about her work overseas.

For decades Martha Teichner brought us the world, but in her memoir, she brings us her world. When Harry Met Minnie is about her dog, Minnie, and Minnie’s introduction to a new friend, Harry.

Step into this picture postcard of a tale, in which a chance encounter with an old friend at the Union Square Greenmarket leads to Teichner’s brilliant new friendship with a dying woman named Carol Fertig, and to a love match for Minnie with Carol’s elderly dog, Harry.

They say that we don’t rescue dogs, but they rescue us … and it often feels like we are fated to be together. In Teichner’s case, the guiding hand of fate is evident from the first moment she hears Carol’s name to meeting Harry, to the moment of Minnie’s death several years later.

And all along the way, this remarkable storyteller details how she came to understand the real meaning of love. Of living life fully. Of being part of life, even when your life has shrunk to exist only within the four walls of a NYC apartment.

Whether you believe in fate or not, if you believe in friends, and you believe in dogs, this episode is a must-listen.

About Martha Teichner 

Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since December 1993, where she’s equally adept at covering major breaking national and international news stories as she is handling in-depth cultural and arts topics. Since joining CBS News in 1977, Teichner has earned multiple national awards for her original reporting, including twelve Emmy Awards and five James Beard Foundation Awards. Teichner was also part of team coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which earned CBS News a 2014 duPont-Columbia Award. Teichner was born in Traverse City, Michigan. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She attended the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Teichner resides in New York City. 

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Martha Teichner

Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since December 1993, where she’s equally adept at covering major breaking national and international news stories as she is handling in-depth cultural and arts topics. Since joining CBS News in 1977, Teichner has earned multiple national awards for her original reporting, including twelve Emmy Awards and five James Beard Foundation Awards. Teichner was also part of team coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which earned CBS News a 2014 duPont-Columbia Award. Teichner was born in Traverse City, Mich. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She attended the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Teichner resides in New York City.