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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Sunset On a Golf Course
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If you do good, I will talk about you. If you do bad I will talk about you. At the end of the day, I am a journalist and I will talk about you.

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1968
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Sunset On a Golf Course
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If you do good, I will talk about you. If you do bad I will talk about you. At the end of the day, I am a journalist and I will talk about you.

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1968
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Journalist, Columnist, and Commentator Roland Sebastian Martin was born November 11, 1968 in Houston, Texas’ Third Ward, the center of Houston's African American community. Roland’s mother and father where his role-models growing up and his father was an avid newspaper reader and fan of television news. When Roland was 14, he found his passion for communications as he was part of the magnet program in communications at Jack Yates High School. In 1987, Roland attended Texas A&M University on academic scholarship, were he studied journalism and worked for the Bryan-College Station Eagle and for KBTX (Channel 3). As a junior in college Martin pledged Pi Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and attended the National Association of Black Journalist convention.

In 1991 Roland graduated Texas A&M with a B.A. in Journalism and began working at the Austin American-Statesman. Roland eventually left Austin American-Statesman and became a city hall reporter for Forth Worth Star-Telegram. In 1995 he became a morning driver reporter with KRLD radio as sports reporter. During his time at KRLD he won top sports reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists; and honors from the Houston Press Club. Roland became news editor and morning anchor of KKDA 730 AM radio, as well as editor at Dallas Weekly. In 2000, Roland was working as a freelance producer covering the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and suffered a ruptured appendix; his medical bills led him to file bankruptcy.

In 2001, Roland became the first editor of blackamericaweb.com founded by Tom Joyner and married Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin. He returned to radio as a news correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network and as a sports commentator on Washington, D.C., radio station WOL's "Fifth Quarter Program.” He also launched the ROMAR Media Group in Dallas, and became news editor for the new Savoy magazine. In 2007 Roland made his first appearance on CNN (later joins as contributor) and Fox television’s conservative-oriented O’Reilly Factor and wrote a column that was picked up by the nationally distributed Creators Syndicate and ran in the Detroit News, Denver Post, and Indianapolis Star. In 2004 Roland was hired as a consultant by the Chicago Defender and served as a radio talk show host for WVON-AM in Chicago. Roland has published three books and is named top 50 pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom. In 2008 he earned his masters degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He is two time winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview,” and for “In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview”. Ebony Magazine has selected Roland as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States three times in a row. Currently he works as host and managing editor of “Washington watch with Roland Martin”, and recently launched “Roland a Fresh Perspective for the 21st Century” on rolandmartin.com.

Roland Martin currently resided in Washington, D.C. with wife Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin.

Roland Martin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May s, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Roland Martin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roland Martin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roland Martin describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about the Great Creole Migration from Louisiana to California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about the neighborhood of Clinton Park, where his maternal grandparents and their family lived in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roland Martin talks about his parents attending Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas, getting married, and starting a family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roland Martin describes his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about his grandfathers' employment in Houston, Texas, his father's high school education, and his family responsibilities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roland Martin talks about how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roland Martin describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Roland Martin describes his father's interest in the news and his mother's Macintosh computer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roland Martin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roland Martin talks about his siblings, and his physical likeness to his mother as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roland Martin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about the reason his father grew up without knowing his biological mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about the focus on skin color in the Creole population of his grandparents' generation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roland Martin describes his close-knit family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roland Martin talks about his parents' activism in his neighborhood of Clinton Park, in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about his parents' leadership at the community-level in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roland Martin describes his experience in school in Houston, Texas, and his father's involvement in his academics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Roland Martin talks about the schools that he and his siblings attended in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roland Martin talks about his teachers in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roland Martin talks about challenging his teacher in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roland Martin talks about being a voracious reader as a child, going to the public library, and attending summer camps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about the wealth of knowledge that he gained from his reading habit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about his interest in the sports teams in Houston, and playing baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roland Martin describes his decision to attend Yates School of Communications to study television, and his experience there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roland Martin describes his experience in the television studio at Yates School of Communications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roland Martin talks about playing baseball in high school, and securing custom jackets for students in the television program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roland Martin talks about black role models in the media and television
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roland Martin talks about being involved in his grandmother's catering business from a young age
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about being involved in the leadership of the Junior Knights of St. Peter Claver organization in Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about being involved in the leadership of the Junior Knights of St. Peter Claver organization in Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roland Martin talks about the continuation of his maternal grandmother's catering business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roland Martin describes his decision to attend Texas A and M University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about the communications program at Texas A and M University, and his decision to not pursue sports journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roland Martin talks about working at a local television station in College Station, Texas, and his experience with racial discrimination there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roland Martin talks about his experience in the video department at Texas A&M University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Roland Martin describes his experience as a student at Texas A and M University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about attending the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in New York in 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Roland Martin discusses serving as the student representative on the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Roland Martin talks about meeting HistoryMaker Vernon Jarett and being active in the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Roland Martin talks about being offered his first job at the 'Austin American Statesman'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about his move from the 'Austin American Statesman' to the 'Fort Worth Star Telegram'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Roland Martin talks about getting married, his experience working at the 'Fort Worth Star Telegram' and his reasons for leaving in 1995
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roland Martin talks about his experience at KKDA Radio in Dallas, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Roland Martin talks about his experience at KKDA Radio in Dallas, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Roland Martin talks about moving from KKDA Radio to KRLD Radio in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about his coverage of the "Million Man March" in 1995
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about his move from KKDA Radio to KRLD Radio, and becoming the managing editor of the 'Dallas Weekly'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Roland Martin talks about moving to Houston, Texas in 1999 to save his marriage, his divorce, and working at the 'Houston Defender'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Roland Martin talks about moving back to Dallas in 2000, meeting his wife, Jacquie Hood Martin, and freelancing for eighteen months before finding a job
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about being diagnosed with appendicitis during the Democratic National Convention in 2000, and his financial hardships that year
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Roland Martin talks about becoming the news editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com and publishing his book, 'Speak Brother! A Black Man's View of America'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Roland Martin talks about his faith and spirituality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Roland Martin talks about his faith and spirituality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Roland Martin talks about becoming the executive editor of the 'Chicago Defender'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Roland Martin describes his experience at the 'Chicago Defender', pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Roland Martin describes his experience at the 'Chicago Defender', pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Roland Martin talks about leaving the 'Chicago Defender' in 2006, and signing on as a CNN contributor in 2007
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Roland Martin talks about his radio show on WVON in Chicago, Illinois, and his decision to join the Tom Joyner Morning Show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about becoming visible on CNN, and President Barack Obama's rapid ascent from state senator to president in four years
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Roland Martin talks about meeting Senator Barack Obama for the first time
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Roland Martin talks about his syndicated column
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Roland Martin talks about his growing career since 2008, his busy schedule, and his marriage
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Roland Martin talks about his perspective on the media and the news profession
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Roland Martin discusses various news platforms and their merits
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Roland Martin analyzes the critique of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Roland Martin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Roland Martin talks about his goals and being content in his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Roland Martin reflects upon his legacy