Journalist, radio host and television commentator Roland S. Martin has been named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
The popular 44-year-old media personality was selected for the award by NABJ’s Board of Directors.
“Roland Martin has had an enviable career as a multimedia journalist, becoming a respected and trusted voice in print, on air and online,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. “He is unapologetic about his quest to provide well-rounded coverage of the African-American community, and to provide unique insights to diverse audiences across the many platforms on which he is asked to contribute on a regular basis.”
Martin will receive his award at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 3, 2013, during NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando.
“I am enormously thankful and humbled that NABJ has bestowed this amazing honor on me for my work as a fearless voice in advocating the critical issues facing voters in the 2012 election, but especially as they relate to African Americans,” said Martin. “I hope this honor serves as a lesson to any young or veteran journalist that Black media platforms are just as essential and important to us today as they have always been. Before CNN, TV One offered me a TV platform for my commentaries, as well my own show. After CNN, TV One and Tom Joyner, are still there. It pleases me greatly to be at a place where our voices and images are the norm, and not the exception. I’m enormously thankful for the opportunity.”
The Houston-bred talent, who is leaving CNN when his contract is up on April 6, can be heard offering daily commentary on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Martin can be seen each Sunday hosting “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” on TV One.