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Roland S. Martin

columnist , journalist

Roland S. Martin, American journalist, former editor. Named one of The Power 150, Ebony magazine, 2008, The 50 Highest-Earning Political Figures, Newsweek, 2010; recipient Edward R. Murrow award, Radio television News Directors, Image award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2008. Member of American Society Newspaper Editors, National Association Black Journalists, Alpha Phi Alpha.

Background

Martin, Roland S. was born on November 14, 1968 in Houston, Texas, United States.

Education

He graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Christian communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

Career

He is a commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now, a one-hour weekday morning news show on the network. He was also a CNN contributor, appearing on a variety of shows, including The Situation Room, Anderson Cooper's AC360, and many others. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.

Books authored by Martin include Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America, Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. Martin was born in Houston, Texas. His maternal great grandparents had migrated from Haiti to Louisiana, where his family is from.

During the 1990s, Martin was a contributor on the BET Sunday morning news program Lead Story. He is the former executive editor of the Chicago Defender. Martin hosts a morning radio talk show on WVON in Chicago, and was with CNN as a contributor from 2007-2013.

He guest-hosted Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull while Brown was on maternity leave in April and May 2009. In March 2013, Martin announced on Twitter that he was leaving CNN. His last day was on April 6, 2013. It was announced on July 9, 2013, that Martin would be the host of TV One's first live one-hour, weekday morning news program titled News One Now.

The program premiered on November 4, 2013. Martin and his family currently reside in Leesburg, Virginia. On February 5, 2012, Roland Martin's Twitter account responded to an underwear advertisement featuring the association football player David Beckham, stating "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) responded on its website: “Martin’s tweets today advocating violence against gay people weren’t an accident — they are a part of a larger pattern for Martin.

Anti-gay violence in America is a serious problem". In response to the Tweets, it was reported that Roland Martin had been suspended by CNN for the controversial remarks. His suspension was lifted on March 14, 2012.

Works

  • Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith

    (When God speaks, are you really listening? In this compil...)

  • Author: (books) Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America, 2002, Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, 2007. Appeared on Microsoft and National Broadcasting Company, FOX News, Court television, Black Entertainment Television Nightly News, National Public Radio, and numerous others.

Views

Martin has defended Michael Steele and other black Republicans against charges of being "Uncle Toms", arguing that the label is inappropriate.

Membership

Member of American Society Newspaper Editors, National Association Black Journalists, Alpha Phi Alpha.

Connections

Married Jacquie Hood.

spouse:
Jacquie Hood.