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Al Martinez Edit Profile

journalist , screenwriter

Al Martinez, American journalist, screenwriter. Recipient National Headliner award Atlantic City Press Club, 1987, 88, Best Columnist award National Society News Columnist, St. Louis, 1986, Pulitzer prize (shared Gold medal to Los Angeles Times) Columbia University, 1984, National Ernie Pyle award, 1991; named Best Print Journalist of 1996 Society Professional Journalists, Los Angeles, 1997.

Background

Martinez, Al was born on July 21, 1929 in Oakland, California, United States. Son of Alfredo Martinez and Mary (Larragoite) Lehmann.

Education

Student, San Francisco State University, 1949-1950;student, University California, Berkeley, 1952-1953;student, Contra Costa Junior College, Walnut Creek, California, 1953-1954;Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Whittier U., 1996.

Career

Reporter, feature writer, Richmond (California) Ind., 1952-1955;reporter, feature writer, Oakland Tribune, 1955-1971;columnist, Oakland Tribune, 1963-1971;profilist, feature writer, Los Angeles Times, 1972-1984;columnist, Los Angeles Times, since 1984;screenwriter, Columbia Broadcasting System, ABC, NBC, Los Angeles, since 1975. Technical advisor Lou Grant television Series, Columbia Broadcasting System, Los Angeles, 1979-1980.

Works

Membership

Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Writers Guild American.

Connections

Married Joanne Cinelli, July 30, 1949. Children: Cinthia, Linda, Allen.

father:
Alfredo Martinez Lehmann

mother:
Mary (Larragoite) Lehmann

spouse:
Joanne Cinelli

children:
Cinthia Martinez

Linda Martinez

Allen Martinez