About Roland S. Martin

Roland S. Martin

Roland S. Martin

Roland S. Martin is an award-winning and multifaceted journalist.

He is the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith" and "Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America."

Martin is a CNN analyst, appearing on a variety of shows, including "Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull," "The Situation Room," "Anderson Cooper 360," "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and many others. In August 2007, he joined Essence magazine as a special correspondent, writing a bimonthly column and a daily blog on Essence.com. And in October 2008, he joined the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" as a senior analyst. He is also a commentator for TV One Cable Network.

Named by Ebony magazine in 2008 as one of the 150 most influential African-Americans in the United States, he is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview." Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, also was awarded the 2008 President's Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.

He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation's largest black daily newspaper.

He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He also has worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.

Martin has won nearly 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors; several first place awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators; two citations from the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference; the top sports reporting award in 1997 from the National Association of Black Journalists; and honors from the Houston Press Club.

He is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master's degree in Christian communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of "Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living" and a college dean in Chicago. They reside in Chicago and Dallas.

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