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)

  • Amazon’s Asking Price Is Far Too High

    JLF’s Jon Sanders looks at the prospect of North Carolina landing Amazon’s second headquarters. It would be great to have them here, he writes, but the asking price is far too high, particularly when you consider this: They may be overlooked, but 99.7 percent of all businesses are small…
    Donna Martinez, September 22, 2017
  • Missing Money in Wake County Shows Need For Better Oversight of County Offices

    JLF’s Julie Tisdale, who looks at activities of local government, offers her perspective on the missing money in Wake County. The Wake Register of Deeds fiasco offers an extreme example, but one wonders whether other local government offices in the state that have had cash disappear.  Unfortunately, humans are…
    Donna Martinez, September 22, 2017
  • N.C. Should Follow Other States’ Lead In Reforming Job Licensing Regime

    North Carolina risks losing ground economically to other states unless it reforms its current approach to occupational licensing. The state also faces the threat of federal legal action. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report delivers those warnings. The report recommends reforms aligned with those in model legislation dubbed…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2017
  • Columnist: Research Points To Benefits of Later Start To School Day

    Are your teenagers too sleepy to get to school ready to learn? Carolina Journal columnist Kristen Blair looks at the research. Among the data: Later start times may even help close achievement gaps. Kevin Bastian, associate director of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina, led a study of more…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2017
  • Reuters: U.S. Appeals Court Blocks San Francisco Ordinance On Soda Health Warnings

    Do you need a warning label to understand that sugary sodas contain, well, sugar and calories? San Francisco thinks you do. An appeals court ruled the ordinance is unfair. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that San Francisco’s ordinance unfairly targeted one group of products.
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2017
  • Think You Know What’s Going On With NC Voter Registration? Maybe. Or Maybe Not.

    Which of these statements accurately reflects the state of voter registration in North Carolina? In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the first time. In September, the North Carolina Republican Party…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2017
  • On NC SPIN: JLF Experts Dissect School Performance Data

    Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson and John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood answer host Tom Campbell’s questions about 2016-17 N.C. public school student performance data. These exchanges took place during the Sept. 17, 2017, edition of “N.C. Spin.” Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2017
  • MyFox8 WGHP Talks With Katherine Restrepo About NC’s Regulation of Medical Services

    It’s called Certificate of Need law. North Carolina is one of the states that hasn’t yet repealed the antiquated requirement for a government permission slip before a hospital or doctor group can expand facilities or services. Bob Buckley of WGHP My Fox 8 sat down with our Katherine…
    Donna Martinez, September 19, 2017