Roland Martin (journalist)
|Born||Roland Sebastian Martin
November 14, 1968
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||News reporter, civil rights activist|
|Notable credit(s)||Chicago Defender, CNN|
|Spouse(s)||Jacquie Hood Martin|
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 senior analyst.
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.
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 Louisiana Baptist University.
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 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 the air.
Also, Roland hosted a three-hour radio show called "The Roland Martin Show".
Martin and his family currently reside in Leesburg, Virginia.
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.
Wikileaks posting e-mails showing that Donna Brazil and Roland Martin were feeding questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of time in the CNN Democratic (Debate) Town Hall. 
Roland Martin also made racist, and xenophobic comments in regards to Cuban-Americans regarding Fidel Castro saying that Cubans who were celebrating the death of Fidel Castro are traitors, and Miami Cubans are not real Cubans. Roland Martin while condemning Donald Trump for his "Muslim Ban" never condemned Fidel Castro for his Ban on Mosques under his Communist regime. Roland Martin also continued that Fulgencio Batista (who's grandfather was a slave that fought in Cuba's Independence War) was a Coon, House Nigger, and Uncle Tom unlike Barack Obama. 
- "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.
- 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. ISBN 0-9719107-0-7.
- "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 MARTIN, 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. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- Washington, Laura (March 24, 2013). "Roland Martin isn’t leaving CNN quietly". 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". Retrieved November 30, 2009.
- Coscarelli, Joe (May 4, 2010). "CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Super Bowl Tweets - Daily Intelligencer". Nymag.com. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- 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. 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