Roland Martin (journalist)

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Roland S. Martin
BornRoland Sebastian Martin
(1968-11-14) November 14, 1968 (age 45)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Notable credit(s)Chicago Defender, CNN
Spouse(s)Jacquie Hood Martin
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Roland S. Martin
BornRoland Sebastian Martin
(1968-11-14) November 14, 1968 (age 45)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Notable credit(s)Chicago Defender, CNN
Spouse(s)Jacquie Hood Martin

Roland Sebastian Martin (born November 14, 1968)[1] is an American journalist and syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and author. He is a commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now, a one-hour weekday morning news show on the network.[2] Martin graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Christian communications from Louisiana Baptist University.[3]

He was also a CNN contributor, appearing on a variety of shows, including The Situation Room, Anderson Cooper's AC360, and many others. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.

Books authored by Martin include Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America,[4][5] 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.


During the 1990s, Martin was a contributor on the BET Sunday morning news program Lead Story. He is the former executive editor of the Chicago Defender. Martin hosts a morning radio talk show on WVON in Chicago, and was with CNN as a contributor from 2007-2013.[6] He guest-hosted Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull while Brown was on maternity leave in April and May 2009.

Martin has defended Michael Steele and other black Republicans against charges of being "Uncle Toms", arguing that the label is inappropriate.[7]

In March 2013, Martin announced on Twitter that he was leaving CNN.[8] His last day was on April 6, 2013.[9]

It was announced on July 9, 2013, that Martin would be the host of TV One's first live one-hour, weekday morning news program titled News One Now.[2] The program premiered on November 4, 2013.[2]


On February 5, 2012, Roland Martin's Twitter account responded to an underwear advertisement featuring the association football player David Beckham, stating "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) responded on its website: “Martin’s tweets today advocating violence against gay people weren’t an accident — they are a part of a larger pattern for Martin. Anti-gay violence in America is a serious problem". In response to the Tweets, it was reported that Roland Martin had been suspended by CNN for the controversial remarks.[10] His suspension was lifted on March 14, 2012.[11]



  1. ^ Date of birth found on the Texas Births, 1926-1995, under MARTIN, ROLAND SEBASTIAN, on November 14, 1968.
  2. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (July 9, 2013). "Roland S. Martin to Host 'News One Now', TV One's First Daily News Program". TV by the Numbers. 
  3. ^ Vanderberg, Marcus (June 6, 2012). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, ROLAND MARTIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR AND HOST OF TV ONE'S WASHINGTON WATCH?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Martin, Roland S (2002). Speak, Brother!: A Black Man's View of America (First edition ed.). Dallas: Martin Media Group. ISBN 0-9719107-0-7. 
  5. ^ "CNN's Martin to be honored". 
  6. ^ "Roland. S Martin joins CNN as contributor" (Press release). Inside Cable. March 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Steele, Black Republicans Not Uncle Toms or Sellouts". Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ Washington, Laura (March 24, 2013). "Roland Martin isn’t leaving CNN quietly". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (March 19, 2013). "Roland Martin Leaves CNN". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (May 4, 2010). "CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Super Bowl Tweets - Daily Intelligencer". Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 13, 2012). "Roland Martin's suspension from CNN is over". The Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Roland Martin CNN Contributor (April 24, 2007). "Martin: What would Jesus really do?". Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ mbarnesdesign, ToSon BT (November 17, 2006). "Black America Today / ROLAND S. MARTIN: The new reality for Bush and the Democrats". Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Roland S. Martin CNN Contributor (July 22, 2009). "Commentary: Obama birth issue is nutty". Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
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Preceded by
Host of News One Now
November 4, 2013-present
Succeeded by

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