Roland Sebastian Martin (born November 14, 1968) is an American
journalist, 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.
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
Books authored by Martin include 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.
1 Life and career
6 External links
Life and career
Martin was born in Houston, Texas. His maternal great-grandparents had
migrated from Haiti to Louisiana, where his family is from. He
graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and
a master's degree in Christian communications from
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
Chicago, and was with
CNN as a contributor from 2007 to 2013. He
guest-hosted Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull while Brown was on
maternity leave in April and May 2009.
He became the host of TV One's first Sunday News show Washington Watch
with Roland Martin in 2009. It ran for 4 years and is currently off
In March 2013, Martin announced on
Twitter that he was leaving CNN.
His last day was on April 6, 2013.
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. The program premiered on November 4, 2013. On December
7, 2017, Martin announced on air that TV One had cancelled the show,
but that he would still remain involved with the network. On January
14, 2018, it was announced that Martin had won two NAACP Image Awards
for the show.
Also, Roland hosted a three-hour radio show called "The Roland Martin
Martin and his family currently reside in Leesburg, Virginia.
Martin has defended
Michael Steele and other black Republicans against
charges of being "Uncle Toms", arguing that the label is
Roland Martin is a supporter of charter schools.
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.
His suspension was lifted on March 14, 2012.
"What would Jesus really do?"
"The new reality for Bush and the Democrats"
"Obama Birth Issue is Nutty"
"Roland Martin is on Watch"
^ Date of birth found on the Texas Births, 1926-1995, under MARTIN,
ROLAND SEBASTIAN, on November 14, 1968.
^ 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.
^ Martin, Roland S (2002). Speak, Brother!: A Black Man's View of
America (First ed.). Dallas: Martin Media Group.
^ "CNN's Martin to be honored".
^ Roland Martin (2009). Roland Martin of
CNN is Proud of His Haitian
Heritage. USA: Smith Georges. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
^ Vanderberg, Marcus (June 6, 2012). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, ROLAND
CNN CONTRIBUTOR AND HOST OF TV ONE'S WASHINGTON WATCH?".
Mediabistro. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
^ "Roland. S Martin joins
CNN as contributor" (Press release). Inside
Cable. March 2007. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008.
Retrieved May 21, 2008.
^ Washington, Laura (March 24, 2013). "Roland Martin isn't leaving CNN
Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
^ Zakarin, Jordan (March 19, 2013). "Roland Martin Leaves CNN". The
Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
^ "Steele, Black Republicans Not Uncle Toms or Sellouts". Archived
from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved November 30,
^ Coscarelli, Joe (May 4, 2010). "
CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Super
Bowl Tweets - Daily Intelligencer". Nymag.com. Retrieved March 24,
^ Wemple, Erik (March 13, 2012). "Roland Martin's suspension from CNN
is over". The Washington Post.
^ Roland Martin
CNN Contributor (April 24, 2007). "Martin: What would
Jesus really do?". CNN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
^ mbarnesdesign, ToSon BT (November 17, 2006). "Black America Today /
ROLAND S. MARTIN: The new reality for Bush and the Democrats".
Blackamericatoday.com. Archived from the original on February 23,
2012. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
^ Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor (July 22, 2009). "Commentary: Obama
birth issue is nutty". CNN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
Host of News One Now
November 4, 2013-present
Roland S. Martin official website
Roland Martin Features on Ascots at Creators Syndicate
Podcasts of Martin's recent articles
TV ONE website for Washington Watch with Roland Martin
CNN suspends Roland Martin for Super Bowl tweets
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