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)

  • On Newsmax TV: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Discusses Parental Pushback To Critical Race Theory

    Appearing this week on “John Bachman Now” on Newsmax TV, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson discusses parental pushback to Critical Race Theory.   Be sure to read this piece by Locke’s Terry Stoops about the role local school boards play in the debate over critical race theory. .Lt.
    Donna Martinez, June 17, 2021
  • Monmouth Poll: Biden Under Water On Job Approval

    Monmouth University’s new poll of U.S. adults is bad news for President Biden’s job approval. His job approval is not only down, he’s now underwater. Disapproval is up. Also note that folks have had about five months to watch the president in action, and the group with “no opinion”…
    Donna Martinez, June 17, 2021
  • Asheville, Meet San Francisco

    More than 80 police officers have left the Asheville police force since January 2020, so a few days ago, the city announced that Asheville residents are on their own when it comes to the crimes and situations described below: Here’s the problem. The city is opening the door…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021
  • Supporting Innovation: Locke’s Jordan Roberts Explains Why a ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ Is Smart Policy

    Yes, the name is sorta funny — a ‘regulatory sandbox.’ But in an age of rapid innovation, it’s the type of forward thinking that aims to support entrepreneurial efforts while keeping in place a lighter level of oversight that doesn’t hinder economic growth and hold back new technologies. Locke’s…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021
  • Has Trump Changed the Senate Race? Carolina Journal’s Donna King Talks Trump On WPTF

    When former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Richard Burr, it was unexpected until shortly before the announcement, when the Budd campaign got the word. Three GOP candidates – Budd, former Gov. Pat McCrory, and former…
    Donna Martinez, June 15, 2021
  • Intolerance On Campus

    Add Northwestern University to the list of college campuses with a vocal, intolerant student movement. Associated Student Government passed a resolution calling for the recusal of Board of Trustees Chair J. Landis Martin from Northwestern’s presidential search committee during Wednesday’s session. The bill passed with 17 votes in favor…
    Donna Martinez, June 15, 2021
  • Locke’s Donald Bryson: North Carolina Is An Economic Success Story In These Tough Times

    Writing at, Locke President Donald Bryson makes the critical point that sound fiscal decisions matter. He points to North Carolina as the model for other states in being able to weather the COVID-19 pandemic without cutting core services or raising taxes, as other states are doing. Ours really…
    Donna Martinez, June 14, 2021
  • Bullying In NC Schools: Mitch Kokai Explains N.C. Supreme Court Ruling on WPTF

    The North Carolina Supreme Court has handed down a fascinating decision in a case of egregious bullying of autistic kids who attended a public school in Pitt County. On Friday, a unanimous court ruled that schools can be sued for their failure to stop harassment. Chief Justice Paul Newby…
    Donna Martinez, June 14, 2021