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Roland Martin

roland martin Roland MartinNewsOne Now Host Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist.

A nationally-syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Mr. Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America, and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”

Mr. Martin was the former host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of the network’s shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.

Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview.” He is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview.”

In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television.

Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.

He has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors; top reporting honors from the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Minorities in Cable. and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference.

An insightful and provocative analyst, Mr. Martin has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

From October 2005 to October 2008, he served as a radio talk show for WVON-AM in Chicago, first as mid-day host and later as morning drive host.

He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s most historic Black newspaper. He is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.

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. Mr. 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. He has also written pieces for Ebony and Essence magazines.

Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc..

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’s of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University, University of Maryland-University College and Lemoyne-Owen College. He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.

You can hear Roland Martin Monday through Friday live 7 am to 10 am on News and Talk 1380 WAOK.

Summer TCA Tour - Day 4

Roland Martin: Do You Believe In Spanking Your Child?

Over the weekend, an NFL player has made national headline news on a topic which will always have a constant divide. Minnesota Vikings starting running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted on negligent injury to a [...]

WAOK-AM–09/15/2014

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Roland Martin: What Are YOU Doing To Help Your Child Learn?

Today on NewsOne Now, the topic of education is always one of concern in the urban community, but not always at the most opportune times. In the city of Atlanta, this school year is becoming [...]

WAOK-AM–09/03/2014

Summer TCA Tour - Day 4

Roland Martin: Is The Federal Government Stepping In Helping Or Hurting The Cause?

The ongoing coverage of the incidents in Ferguson, MO surrounding Mike Brown has moved to day 11 since his untimely death, but unfortunately, it is not the only case that is still creating waves across [...]

WAOK-AM–08/20/2014

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Roland Martin: Updates From #Ferguson

It has been one week since the death of 18 year old Michael “Mike” Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. These details have been determined as of this past weekend; An autopsy was [...]

WAOK-AM–08/18/2014

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News One Now with Roland Martin: Tragedy In Ferguson, Missouri

Today on News One Now with Roland Martin, Roland discussed the chaos in Ferguson, Missouri. In the wake of the tragic death of the unarmed 18-year old Mike Brown last Saturday, the community has expressed [...]

WAOK-AM–08/14/2014

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Roland Martin: What Can We Do To Stop Police Brutality?

The reality of the continued protesting & uproar nationally coming from a St. Louis suburb, Ferguson, is that there are still so many unanswered questions. Questions surrounding who the officer was that ultimately shot and [...]

WAOK-AM–08/13/2014

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Roland Martin: What Do You Make Of The #Ferguson Situation?

This past weekend, one news story broke that is the forefront of America’s mind, especially in the urban community, another African-American unarmed youth found shot & killed. An 18 year old, college bound, Michael “Mike” Brown [...]

WAOK-AM–08/11/2014

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News One Now With Roland Martin:Public Prayer

Today on News One Now, Roland Martin discussed public prayer. The discussion began with a North Carolina restaurant that gives a 15% discount to their praying patrons. The owner of the restaurant claims she likes [...]

WAOK-AM–08/07/2014

Summer TCA Tour - Day 4

Roland Martin: Will We Ever See Peace In The Middle East?

Today’s show was centered upon an idea that America has had for decades, “Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?” The late rapper, Tupac Shakur had a line in  “Changes” that even spoke [...]

WAOK-AM–08/06/2014

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Roland Martin: Just Say Excuse Me!

How hard is it to say, “Excuse me?” So you want to walk right in front of me & say nothing?! Roland sounds off! Click the audio links to hear the conversation… #NewsOneNow

WAOK-AM–08/05/2014

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