SPOTLIGHT: ROLAND S. MARTIN
Journalist & host, #RolandMartinUnfilered
Roland S. Martin will present a 2020 Matrix Award to Carol H. Williams.
Over the course of a career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to top athletes and entertainers, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world.
Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, a daily online show focused on news and analysis of contemporary culture from an explicitly African American perspective.
Martin spent 13 years at TV One Cable Network, where he hosted the nation’s only Sunday morning and daily morning show targeting African Americans. From 2008-2019, Martin served as senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment was heard by 8 million people. In addition, he spent six years as a contributor for CNN.
He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the “150 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S.” In 2013, Martin was named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2008, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Journalism Hall of Honor. He is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including being named Best Host twice.
He earned a B.S. degree in journalism from Texas A&M University in 1991. He has been awarded multiple honorary degrees and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NABJ.