Jeff Martin (journalist)

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Jeff Martin is a Midwest correspondent for USA Today and an editor with the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D.

He writes about politics [1], tornado research [2], and current events in the central USA [3].

In the summer of 2007, a mysterious development known only as the Gorilla Project was kept under considerable secrecy by the unknown company planning it. Martin uncovered two Internet domain names, hyperionelkpoint.com and hyperionsd.com. The discovery led to a news story that identified for the first time the Texas company Hyperion and its plans for a major oil refinery near Elk Point, S.D. [4] [5].

Prior to his time with the Argus Leader and USA TODAY, he was the education editor at the Tulsa World in Oklahoma; an assistant city editor at the Jackson Sun in Tennessee; a crime reporter at the Detroit Free Press; a police reporter at the Sioux City Journal in Iowa; and reporter and business editor at the Ames Daily Tribune Co. in Iowa. Jeff has a bachelor of arts degree in communication arts from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa; an AA degree in communication from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa; and graduate-level journalism coursework at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.