Roland S. Martin is a CNN contributor based in Chicago and a key member of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television." Since joining the network in February 2007, Martin has hosted a variety of programs including the "What Would Jesus Really Do?" series and, most recently, a three-part series on the issues presidential candidates avoid addressing as Election Day nears.
A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Martin most recently served as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation's largest black daily newspaper. He is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America.
Martin has appeared numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Court TV, BET Nightly News, BBC News, National Public Radio, The Word Network and America's Black Forum.
Martin previously hosted The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON/1690AM in Chicago and is the former founding news editor for Savoy magazine and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com, owned by nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner and Radio One.
Martin previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper and worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly. He also has worked for KRLD/1080AM, KKDA-AM in Dallas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin American-Statesman.
In October, 2008, Martin was inducted into Texas A&M's journalism "Hall of Honor" for his journalistic accomplishments. During his journalism career, Martin has won more than 20 awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association; several first place awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators; two citations from the National Associated Press Managing Editors Conference; the top sports reporting award in 1997 from the National Association of Black Journalists; and honors from the Houston Press Club.
He earned a bachelor's of science degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and is currently working on a master's degree in Christian communications at Louisiana Baptist University. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.