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)

  • Breaking Down the Judge’s Ruling In Lt. Gov. Forest’s Lawsuit Against Gov. Cooper

    So what exactly did the judge rule this week in Forest v. Cooper? Is it the end of the line for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper’s use of COVID-19 executive orders? Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, responds to the judge’s ruling against…
    Donna Martinez, August 12, 2020
  • Gallup Survey: Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence

    Well this certainly runs counter to the national media narrative. Here’s the new Gallup survey, which Gallup says included large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population. When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of…
    Donna Martinez, August 7, 2020
  • Election 2020: Battleground North Carolina

    With less than 100 days until Election Day, politics could not be more turbulent. The decisions made by North Carolina voters will determine our state’s economic prospects and legislative priorities, the makeup of our state’s highest court, who sits in our governor’s mansion and in the White House, and which…
    Donna Martinez, July 29, 2020
  • Comparing Trump Approval To Obama Approval

    Rasmussen continues to track daily presidential job approval. Here’s the latest comparison of approval for President Trump and approval President Obama at the same point in their term. Interesting, no?   Carolina Journal is covering 2020 election politics. Be sure to check them out.
    Donna Martinez, July 20, 2020
  • Reopening North Carolina Schools: What Will Gov. Roy Cooper Do?

    On the latest NC SPIN, Donna Martinez of the John Locke Foundation talks with host Brad Crone about why Gov. Roy Cooper failed to announce last week — as had been promised — a plan to reopen North Carolina public schools. Martinez begins by noting that Gov. Roy Cooper didn’t…
    Donna Martinez, July 6, 2020
  • Gov. Cooper’s Real-World Impact: Economic Devastation For Business Owners

    The desperate plea of small business owners in North Carolina continues to go unheard by Gov. Roy Cooper, who on June 24, doubled down on prohibiting private bar owners from operating their businesses. Zack Medford of the N.C. Bar and Tavern Association reacted: The worst fears of many…
    Donna Martinez, June 25, 2020
  • CNN Poll: Younger Voters in Battleground States Going For Trump

    CNN’s poll of registered voters nationwide show Joe Biden leading Donald Trump 51 to 46 percent. But it’s a different story in the battleground states, where the race for president will be decided. (emphasis is mine) Though other recent polling has shown some signs of concern for Biden among…
    Donna Martinez, May 18, 2020
  • COVID-19 Creating Big Job Worries

    To say Americans are jittery about their economic future is to downplay our reality. Jittery doesn’t cut it when roughly 1 in 3 Americans tell CNBC’s pollster they’ve either been impacted already or expect for the shoe to drop:   We’re now weeks into this public health emergency…
    Donna Martinez, April 13, 2020