Donna Martinez

VP of Marketing and Communications
Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. Her career has been spent in marketing, public relations and writing, and includes 11 years at The Arizona Republic, the daily newspaper serving metropolitan Phoenix. Donna co-hosts Carolina Journal Radio, JLF's weekly syndicated radio show. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and is married to Rick Martinez, VP of News and Information at Curtis Media Group. Donna and Rick host "You Don't Say," a weekday radio talk show heard from the Triangle through eastern North Carolina on NewsRadio 680 WPTF. She and Rick live in Wake County with their dogs Tony, Bo, and Hank.

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 1)

  • Will You Be Replaced By a Robot?

    A new poll from Rasmussen shows that many Americans believe robotic technology is not only here to stay, the use of robots will expand and make a big impact on the job market. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults think…
    Donna Martinez, June 22, 2018
  • Who Gets What When a City or State Breaks Apart?

    California is known for many things, and now a push to break up the state tops the list. The push for ‘three Californias’ is the most fascinating current example of efforts to break apart from a current jurisdiction by people who believe they aren’t being represented by current policies and/or…
    Donna Martinez, June 21, 2018
  • Carolina Journal: N.C. Farmers About To Feel the Crunch of Retaliatory Tariffs

    The president continues to push tariffs as a tactic toward his vision of “fair” trade. Reporting for Carolina Journal, Julie Havlak looks into the impact of the trade dispute with China on North Carolina . As the trade dispute with China picks up, bigger farms in North Carolina are…
    Donna Martinez, June 20, 2018
  • CJ’s Lindsay Marchello: Conservatism on Campus Doesn’t Need This

    In a special commentary published by the Kansas City Star, Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello offers perspective on the efforts by conservative college students to help other students understand and embrace free markets and limited government. It’s an effort that isn’t immune from discontent and disagreement. When a…
    Donna Martinez, June 19, 2018
  • Today at Noon at JLF: Join Us In Person Or Live on Facebook

    Jay Smith is the co-author of Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. In this presentation, Professor Smith will first survey some of the institutional damage inflicted on UNC-Chapel Hill by its 20-year athletic-academic scandal (and the 7-year mishandling of the scandal…
    Donna Martinez, June 18, 2018
  • New Poll: 69% Support Requiring Photo I.D. To Vote

    A new poll from Civitas Institute/Survey USA shows overwhelming support by North Carolina voters for requiring a photo I.D. to vote. Carolina Journal reports on the poll, which asked voters’ views on several possible constitutional amendments being considered by the General Assembly. The most controversial proposed amendment,…
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2018
  • JLF’s Mitch Kokai Assesses Impact of Treasurer Dale Folwell

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell is doing things a bit differently from his predecessors. Typically, state treasurers are behind-the-scenes managers, but Folwell is very much a public figure. Writing at salisbury, Elizabeth Cook looks at Dale Folwell’s tenure. Since taking office, Folwell has reduced the $700 million a year…
    Donna Martinez, June 12, 2018
  • JLF’s Jon Guze in Winston-Salem Journal: Feds’ ‘Equitable Sharing’ Program Turns Innocent Until Proven Guilty On Its Head

    Writing at — the online site of the Winston-Salem Journal, JLF’s Director of Legal Studies, Jon Guze, explains why North Carolina should curtail law enforcement agencies’ participation in a federal program called ‘equitable sharing.’ Jon makes the case that ‘equitable sharing’ turns innocent until proven guilty on its…
    Donna Martinez, June 11, 2018