Roland Martin

Roland Martin


11/14/1968, Houston, Texas

Birth Name

Roland Martin



Also Known As

Roland S. Martin
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Roland Martin is an award winning journalist who can be seen on countless news stations and heard on dozens of radio shows offering political commentaries and opinions. With a bachelor's of science degree in journalism, and a master's degree in Christian Communication, Roland Martin influences people around the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As of 2009, Roland Martin hosts the weekly "Urban Business Roundtable" on WVON radio station in Chicago.

    • Roland Martin is the winner of two NAACP awards for his interviews with Barack Obama in 2008 and Michelle Obama in 2009.

    • Roland was awarded the 2008 President's Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in various areas of media.

    • Roland has stated that he supports Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

    • Roland has stated that in 2000, while covering the Democratic National Convention, his appendix ruptured, landing him in the hospital.

    • Roland is a commentator for the TV One Cable Network as well as host of "The Roland S. Martin Show", which is a daily radio program.

    • Roland is a lifelong member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

    • Roland was the host of the What Would Jesus Really Do? television series.

    • Roland has won numerous journalism awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors, awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators, and honors from the Houston Press Club.

    • Roland serves as a special correspondent for Essence Magazine, for whom he writes a bi-monthly column, and a daily blog on the magazine's website.

    • Roland is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, from whom he has received an award for sports reporting in 1997.

    • Roland served as a newspaper reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin American-Statesman.

    • Roland is the winner of the 2008 NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for his interview with Senator Barack Obama.

    • Roland is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine, as well as the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender.

    • Roland graduated from Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications in 1987, Texas A&M University in 1991, and Louisiana Baptist University in 2008.

    • Roland was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States in 2008.

    • Roland is the author of three books: Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America, Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives On Faith, and The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

    • Roland and his wife, Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, reside in Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas.

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