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)

  • Freedom To Farm

    Read The New Locke-Commissioned Research Report Freedom To Farm The Impacts of Agriculture Regulation On Production and Processing In The South In this paper, author Vincent Smith examines the structure and differences in seven southern states and the federal regulations that…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2021
  • Amy Cooke: Lefty Report Smears North Carolina. It’s Nonsense.

    North Carolina is an obviously better place to work than D.C., New York, and California. But the leftist group Oxfam (supporters of compulsory unionization) is trying to smear N.C. as the worst place in the United States for workers. In the latest “Locke’d & Loaded,” Locke…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2021
  • No. We won’t comply with Biden’s vaccine mandate, and no one else should either.

    Statement From Amy Cooke, John Locke Foundation CEO  No. We won’t comply with Biden’s vaccine mandate, and no one else should either. “That one man – Joe Biden – wants to force free Americans to inject something into their bodies should be abhorrent to everyone.
    Donna Martinez, September 10, 2021
  • WATCH: 9/11 Pentagon Survivors Tell Their Stories

    This week, during a media roundtable hosted by the Army, survivors of the Pentagon attack on 9/11 shared their personal experiences. Particularly compelling is Gerry Kitzhaber, the deputy principal to the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs for training, readiness and mobilization. At 15:58 on…
    Donna Martinez, September 10, 2021
  • How Valuable Is Trump’s Endorsement?

    We’re used to national attention on North Carolina when it comes to politics and key elections. It’s already started again, even though the pivotal U.S. Senate race to replace Republican Richard Burr is more than a year away. The primary, however, is just months down the road, and it’s the…
    Donna Martinez, September 9, 2021
  • Is It Constitutional? The Biden Administration Really Doesn’t Care.

    Whenever someone asks me if I follow the work of any liberals, I respond with two words: Jonathan Turley. Professor Turley is a self-described liberal and constitutional law expert who teaches at George Washington University. You’ve probably seen him on cable networks, but I hope you’re reading him on…
    Donna Martinez, September 8, 2021
  • Four More Years?

    The honeymoon is over for Joe Biden. The man who ran as the unifier, the man with character, the nice guy who wouldn’t send out mean tweets, the foreign-policy expert who would restore America’s place in the world, has been revealed as the hard-hearted president who left Americans and Afghan…
    Donna Martinez, September 7, 2021
  • 10 Reasons NCAE Members Are Leaving The Union

    RALEIGH – Teachers deserve respect. For too long, their voices have been held hostage by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE); their legitimate challenges drowned out by NCAE’s political theatrics and divisive and partisan agenda. To give classroom professionals a real voice, the John Locke Foundation has launched a…
    Donna Martinez, August 31, 2021