Donna Martinez

Senior Writer and Editor
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 "The Triangle's Afternoon News with Rick and Donna," a weekday 3 to 6 pm 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 Bo and Hank.

Posts by Donna Martinez (page 1)

  • Consequences for ‘woke’ Major League Baseball

    Crack went my Dodger-loving heart. When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made it clear he’s all in on the new ‘woke’ Major League Baseball cultural embrace of the Left, he rendered me speechless. I’ve considered him a reasoned and calm influence on his team, and a manager fans could respect…
    Donna Martinez, April 15, 2021
  • Pat McCrory Jumps Into U.S. Senate Race: Watch His Video Here.

    Former Gov. Pat McCrory has jumped into the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Richard Burr. He joins former Triad-area Congressman Mark Walker. Carolina Journal’s Dallas Woodhouse writes that others could join the race as well.  Here’s McCrory’s announcement video.
    Donna Martinez, April 14, 2021
  • Leandro judge won’t force new education spending by General Assembly

    Locke’s Terry Stoops was right. Here’s why. Just two weeks ago he wrote that we should expect to hear the word “Leandro” a lot more in the months ahead. And now we have. Judge David Lee’s new message in the decades-old lawsuit over education funding is welcome. For now,…
    Donna Martinez, April 14, 2021
  • Veteran Journalist Donna King to Lead Carolina Journal as Editor-in-Chief

    Carolina Journal is pleased to announce the hiring of experienced journalist and accomplished political commentator Donna King as its new Editor-in-Chief. King, a North Carolina native, takes the helm of Carolina Journal as it embarks on its 30th year of providing North Carolinians with independent, rigorous, and uncompromising coverage of…
    Donna Martinez, April 13, 2021
  • President Biden Targets the Second Amendment

    President Biden says gun violence is a public health epidemic, and that his plans to address it are all about gun safety, not gun control. To get there, he’s proposed numerous executive actions, including the imposition of what are called “red flag laws.” This is from the White House…
    Donna Martinez, April 13, 2021
  • Snapshot of the Day: Millennials are moving to Cary and Raleigh

    From Smart Asset comes this look at the net migration of millennials for 2019. Millennials are defined as between 25 and 39 — with the oldest turning 40 this year. Cary ranks No. 7, with Raleigh at No. 13. Could this be part of the reason Wake County has turned…
    Donna Martinez, April 12, 2021
  • N.C. Senate tax cut plan gives biggest break to lower-income families

    North Carolinians have been reeling from pandemic job losses and the related shutdowns. While many folks have had access to unemployment benefits and federal relief checks, it’s important to focus on the long-term outlook for financial stability and self-reliance. That’s exactly what a plan from state senators would do with…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021
  • Do the wealthy really not pay their ‘fair share’ of federal taxes?

    The Tax Foundation is a great resource for factual data on who pays federal taxes — and who doesn’t. Be armed with the facts when you hear progressive Democrats such as our president call for tax hikes on higher earners because they don’t ‘pay their fair share.’ Let’s have…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021