Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents and the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Read More >
Martin is the host and managing editor of TV One Cable Network, where for four years he hosted NewsOneNow, the first daily morning show in history focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. Since 2008, Martin has been a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily. In September 2018 he will launch #Roland Martin Unfiltered, a daily digital show that will give a voice to the voiceless and speak truth to power on the issues of the day.
He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; 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 and has contributed to many others.
Martin has been honored many times for this work. He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Jet Magazine readers voted him a “King of the Hill”, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. NewsOne.com named Martin as the number one Black pundit in the country. He has been named several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans. He has won more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 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. He was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. He is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including named Best Host for the last two years.
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. 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 has been named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, and has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa.
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.
He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University; University of Maryland-University College; Lemoyne-Owen College; Lane College; and South Carolina State University. Read Less ^