Journalist, columnist, and NewsOne Now host Roland Martin will speak at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for the annual Black History Month program. The free, public event will be held Tuesday, February 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the J.M. Ross theater of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
TV One’s NewsOne Now is the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. Martin also serves as managing editor of the program.
Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily. He is also 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.
When Jet Magazine readers voted in 2012 for who is “King of the Hill” in terms of who they turn to on issues of concern to African Americans, Martin came on top, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile.
In his career, Martin has been showered with 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.
Martin was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.
A two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Martin has been named by Ebony Magazine on three occasions as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. He 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. Other awards and recognitions include being named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom.
Martin is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelors of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University, University of Maryland-University College and Lemoyne-Owen College. Martin is also a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of “Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living.” They reside in Washington, D.C.
For more information about the event, contact the office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-7061.