Roland Martin

Roland Martin

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Journalist & Media Personality, Author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith"

Roland Martin Biography

Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, 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, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective.

From 2008, and until its final on-air sign-off, Martin was a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his twice-a-week segment is heard by millions of listeners on upwards of 100 stations.

He is the author of three books: "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith;" "Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America;" and "The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin." He has contributed to several others, including "Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism" by Julianne Malveaux; "Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama" by Sophia Nelson; "Faivish Pewzner New York and Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge" by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles.

He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. When Jet Magazine readers voted in 2012 for who is “King of the Hill” in terms of who they turn to on issues of concern to African Americans, Martin came on top, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. NewsOne.com named as the number one Black pundit in the country; and he has been named several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans.

In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election. Martin was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor. He is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including named Best Host twice out of the last three years.

Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN, appearing on numerous shows and earning accolades near and far for his no-holds honesty, conviction and perspective on various issues. In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television. Martin has been named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, and has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

Martin spent 13 years at TV One Network, where he played an integral role in building the Black-owned network. He began in 2005 by doing commentaries; and in 2009 began a four-year stint as host/managing editor of the Sunday morning show, Washington Watch. From 2013 to 2017, he was the host/managing editor of NewsOneNow, the first daily morning news show in history targeting African Americans.

He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s most historic Black newspaper. A digital media pioneer, Martin launched the first Black news source audio and video podcast in 2005 and 2006 at the Defender. He is also the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.

He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He also has worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards. Mr. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has also written pieces for Ebony and Essence magazines.

Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. He is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University; University of Maryland-University College; Lemoyne-Owen College; Lane College; South Carolina State University; and Virginia University of Lynchburg.

He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of “Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living,” and “Wedded Bliss: A 52-Week Devotional to Balanced Living” and the children’s book series, “Hannah’s Heart.” They reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Roland Martin Videos

Roland Martin on The Importance of the NAACP, Donating To HBCU's & More
Roland Martin on The Importance of the NAACP, Donating To HBCU's & More
Jane Elliott and Roland Martin - 2017 WCTF Conference Keynote Address
Jane Elliott and Roland Martin - 2017 WCTF Conference Keynote Address
Roland Martin Interview Cenk Uygur At The Republican National Convention
Roland Martin Interview Cenk Uygur At The Republican National Convention

How to book Roland Martin?

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How much does it cost to book Roland Martin?

Booking fees for Roland Martin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Roland Martin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Roland Martin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Roland Martin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Roland Martin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Roland Martin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Roland Martin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Roland Martin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including News & Media, Diversity and Faith & Religion. The estimated speaking fee range to book Roland Martin for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Roland Martin generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Bobby Seale and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Roland Martin for an upcoming event.

Roland Martin Videos

Roland Martin on The Importance of the NAACP, Donating To HBCU's & More
Roland Martin on The Importance of the NAACP, Donating To HBCU's & More
Jane Elliott and Roland Martin - 2017 WCTF Conference Keynote Address
Jane Elliott and Roland Martin - 2017 WCTF Conference Keynote Address
Roland Martin Interview Cenk Uygur At The Republican National Convention
Roland Martin Interview Cenk Uygur At The Republican National Convention

Roland Martin Reviews

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    NC State University - Jan 25 2017

Roland Martin Speaking Topics

  • Listening to the Spirit Within

  • Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America

  • Perspectives on Faith

  • The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House

  • Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America

Roland Martin News

How to book Roland Martin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Roland Martin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Roland Martin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Roland Martin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Roland Martin?

Booking fees for Roland Martin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Roland Martin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Roland Martin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Roland Martin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Roland Martin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Roland Martin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Roland Martin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Roland Martin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including News & Media, Diversity and Faith & Religion. The estimated speaking fee range to book Roland Martin for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Roland Martin generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Bobby Seale and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Roland Martin for an upcoming event.

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