August 23, 1959 |
Columbus, Georgia, USA
|Education||University of Georgia|
|Occupation||Radio host, political commentator, author|
Martha Mitchell Zoller (born August 23, 1959) is a columnist, media personality, author, and former Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives.
Born on August 23, 1959, to Frank and Juanita Mitchell (née Roof), Martha Zoller's father was a veteran of World War II in Europe and a POW escapee. Her mother worked with the Rich's company in downtown Atlanta, GA. The youngest of four children, Zoller attended Columbia High School in south DeKalb County before going on to graduate from the University of Georgia Grady School in 1979 with a degree in journalism. After college, Martha started her career as a corporate buyer for the Rich's company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zoller began broadcasting in 1994 as co-host of the Mid-Day program on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville after being a regular caller to the station. Her first call was prompted by Hillary Clinton's lament that "she could have stayed at home and baked cookies." Her show had an un-abashed conservative focus, as was made clear following the 2006 live broadcast of her show from the White House lawn when she said of the White House administration "You know, what I say is, use me!".
According to her website Zoller makes regular appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta's The Georgia Gang and frequent guest appearances on cable channels such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, on programs including TalkBack Live, Hannity & Colmes, and Larry King Live, and Zoller-penned opinion pieces have been published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Zoller was named one of Talkers magazine’s 'Heavy Hundred' talk shows in America in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and claims on her website to have been named to the 2005 Georgia Trend Magazine "Most Important Media People" list and the 2005 and 2006 James Magazine "Most Influential Georgians" lists.
In 2008, The Martha Zoller Show, originating from North Georgia's News-Talk station FM 103.7 WXKT which served the Gainesville metropolitan area, Maysville, and Athens, was syndicated statewide on the Georgia News Network until she ended her show to run for Congress.
On April 6, Martha released a new political website: ZPolitics.com
In 2005, Zoller visited Baghdad, Iraq with the "Voices of Soldiers" Tour and participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), a United States Department of Defense program for "America's leaders interested in expanding their knowledge of the military and national defense". Martha returned to Iraq in January 2007.
Martha ran for US Congress as a conservative Republican for the new congressional seat allocated to Georgia following the 2010 United States Census. She had been endorsed by:
- former presidential candidate Herman Cain
- Georgia Right to Life 
- She-PAC 
- Tea Party Express 
- FreedomWorks PAC 
- former United States Senator Rick Santorum 
- former United States Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 
- Indivisible: Uniting Values for a Divided America (Stroud & Hall Publishers), 2005
- "Cheap Talk". Weekly Column. Creative Loafing (Atlanta). 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "appearance on MSNBC". Show transcript. MSNBC. 2005-05-17. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- "Talkers.com 2008 Talkers 250". Focus Communications, Inc. 2008-02-14. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
- "Georgia News Network".
- "Zoller to Launch New Political Website: ZPolitics". Political Column. Tanalach Media, LLC. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- "Joint Civilian Orientation Conference". Program Web Page. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "Herman Cain to Headline Campaign Event". Political Column. Tanalach Media, LLC. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
- "GTRL Clears Up Endorsement Battle". Political Column. Fetchyournews, LLC. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
- "Governor's Daughter and Daughter-in-law on opposite sides of race". Political Blog. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
- "Tea Party Express Endorses Zoller". Political Column. Jacobs Media Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
- "FreedomWorks Endorses Meadows". Political Column. Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
- "Santorum Endorses Zoller". Political Column. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "New Gingrich endorses Martha Zoller in 9th district race". Political Blog. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2012-08-03.