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Repeatedly named one of the nation’s most influential African-Americans by The Root 100 and Ebony Magazine, journalist Roland S. Martin has dedicated himself to advancing the voice of African-Americans in the media by covering stories and matters that influence them that other news organizations often neglect or omit from the headlines. Martin is the host and managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African-American perspective.

Additionally, Martin’s daily segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people every day. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, the author of three books, including Speak, Brother!: A Black Man's View of America and a contributor to several more.

When Jet Magazine readers voted in 2012 for who is “King of the Hill” in terms of who they turn to on issues of concern to African-Americans, Martin came on top, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. In his career, he has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence. In 2013 he was named the Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election. Furthermore, he is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and has been named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph.

Previously, Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN, appearing on numerous shows and earning accolades near and far for his no-holds honesty, conviction and perspective on various issues.

Full Profile

    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, Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America, and his newest book, The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

    Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and 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.

    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.

    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.

    Mr. Martin is a 20-year 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 and the University of Maryland-University College.

    He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living, and vice president of Kennedy-King College in Chicago. They reside in Chicago.


Roland Martin Speaker Videos Back to top

Roland Martin: Keynote, SF NAACP Freedom Fund


Roland Martin discusses the importance of freedom, particularly freedom of the press and freedom of speech. He emphasizes the importance of African-Americans having the freedom to cover stories about themselves, noting that most mainstream media, although, they may feature black journalists, choose an agenda that omits many issues and events that have important influence on the African-American community, thus failing to give their voice representation.

Martin contrasts hosting “someone else’s show” on CNN with hosting his own show on TVOne, where he has had creative control over what stories he covers and which guests he features. He notes that he was the only show on television to cover the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer who was convicted of raping and sexual assaulting 13 African-American women.

Pointing out that we need brave people to speak the truth in order to drive progress in our society, Martin calls attention to the fear of losing financial security that stops people from exercising their freedom of speech. “When I did the Monique show and I was on CNN, she said, ‘Roland you say stuff on TV – I’m scared you might get fired,’” Martin recalls. “I said, ‘Monie, let me help you out. I start every job I’ve had with the premise ‘You’re going to get fired anyway.’”

Roland Martin: Interview with Cenk Uygur



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Award-winning journalist Roland Martin crafts a spirited and intellectual dialogue around news worthy events and issues of concern to African-Americans. His knowledge of history provides a rich background as he offers bold and fresh perspectives on social justice, the media, politics, and business. Leading by example, he empowers people to have the courage to go against programmed society and culture by speaking out and calling attention to important issues or events that the status quo does not address.

    Suggested Programs:

    • Perspectives on Faith
    • Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America
    • Listening to the Spirit Within


Roland Martin Speaker Testimonials Back to top

“Roland was excellent! His presentation was dynamic, substantive, and on-point. We are very, very pleased!”
- National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.

“We at OHA are absolutely elated! The Awards Banquet proved to be one of our most successful events ever! Roland Martin was truly masterful in the way he delivered his address. Everyone in the audience was spellbound. Many have said that his speech was one of the BEST speeches they have heard in recent years!!!! In addition, he was extremely gracious, interacting with the crowd long after the program had ended. Compliments continue to pour into our office non-stop. Thanks for your assistance in helping us to pull this off.”
- Newport News




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“Roland was excellent! His presentation was dynamic, substantive, and on-point. We are very, very pleased!”
- National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.

“We at OHA are absolutely elated! The Awards Banquet proved to be one of our most successful events ever! Roland Martin was truly masterful in the way he delivered his address. Everyone in the audience was spellbound. Many have said that his speech was one of the BEST speeches they have heard in recent years!!!! In addition, he was extremely gracious, interacting with the crowd long after the program had ended. Compliments continue to pour into our office non-stop. Thanks for your assistance in helping us to pull this off.”
- Newport News


    The First: President Barack Obama′s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin
    Award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin, who captured the first interview with President Barack Obama regarding the racial controversy surrounding Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), releases his third book, The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House on January 20, 2010. The book marks the first year anniversary of Barack Obama’s presidency.

    The First takes readers behind-the-scenes for a closer look at his interviews with both Barack and Michelle Obama for CNN, TV ONE, Essence.com, WVON-AM in Chicago and the Tom Joyner Morning Show over the last two years. The book includes insider details that go beyond the regular reports, like original coverage of celebrities who were heavily invested in the election, sixteen pages of color photos, and a DVD featuring two interviews with Martin and President Obama on TV ONE that won back-to-back NAACP Awards.
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    Speak, Brother!: A Black Man′s View of America
    Unrelenting, uncompromising and downright honest, Roland S. Martin offers a bold and fresh perspective for the 21st century. Martin has covered a variety of stories and newsmakers in his nearly dozen years as a journalist. And in the course of doing so he has gained a significant insight into the triumphs and failings of this country′s best and brightest. He tackles a variety of issues with passion, knowledge and spirituality. Whether it′s commentaries on sports, social justice, business or the media, Roland S. Martin refuses to be pigeonholed as a conservative or a liberal, Democrat or a Republican. As he puts it, he is simply "a black man in America."
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    Suggested Programs:

    • Perspectives on Faith
    • Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America
    • Listening to the Spirit Within


Roland Martin: Keynote, SF NAACP Freedom Fund


Roland Martin discusses the importance of freedom, particularly freedom of the press and freedom of speech. He emphasizes the importance of African-Americans having the freedom to cover stories about themselves, noting that most mainstream media, although, they may feature black journalists, choose an agenda that omits many issues and events that have important influence on the African-American community, thus failing to give their voice representation.

Martin contrasts hosting “someone else’s show” on CNN with hosting his own show on TVOne, where he has had creative control over what stories he covers and which guests he features. He notes that he was the only show on television to cover the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer who was convicted of raping and sexual assaulting 13 African-American women.

Pointing out that we need brave people to speak the truth in order to drive progress in our society, Martin calls attention to the fear of losing financial security that stops people from exercising their freedom of speech. “When I did the Monique show and I was on CNN, she said, ‘Roland you say stuff on TV – I’m scared you might get fired,’” Martin recalls. “I said, ‘Monie, let me help you out. I start every job I’ve had with the premise ‘You’re going to get fired anyway.’”

Roland Martin: Interview with Cenk Uygur