37th Annual MLK Celebration Keynote
Award-winning journalist, political analyst and CNN contributor
Roland Martin is an award-winning journalist, political analyst and CNN contributor.
Martin, one of the most high-profile African Americans in media today, appears frequently on shows like The Situation Room, Anderson Cooper 360°, Lou Dobbs Tonight and more.
From October 2005 to October 2008, he served as a radio talk show for WVON-AM in Chicago, first as mid-day host and later as morning drive host. He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine, and former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.
His thoughtful perspective on American politics has earned him much recognition, including the 2008 NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Barack Obama Interview," as well as the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview". Martin has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors, the National Association of Minorities in Cable, and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference. In 2009, CNN awarded Martin the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage. He was named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the UK, and was awarded the 2008 President's Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms.
Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He holds bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. Martin has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University and the University of Maryland-University College.