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)

  • Certificate-of-Need Law Impedes Lower-Cost Cataract Surgery

    It’s a common outpatient procedure for seniors, yet North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need law caps the number of ambulatory surgery centers that offer the service and keeps ophthalmologists from performing the surgery in their offices. JLF’s Katherine Restrepo analyzes the impact here.
    Donna Martinez, May 26, 2017
  • JLF’s Katherine Restrepo Responds To Blue Cross Health Insurance Rate Increase

    If you buy your health insurance through Obamacare with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, get ready to shell out even more for your coverage. On Thursday, the health insurer announced it has requested a 2018 rate hike for Obamacare policies that will average 22.9 percent. JLF’s health care…
    Donna Martinez, May 26, 2017
  • JLF’s Jon Pritchett in the Charlotte Observer: There’s Hope For Charlotte’s Future In Banking, Finance

    Writing in the Charlotte Observer, our Jon Pritchett analyzes Charlotte’s role in the finance industry. He says the city still has a strong future despite national bank consolidation. Among his thoughts: Charlotte may not ever go back to leading the nation in the number of giant banks headquartered downtown, but…
    Donna Martinez, May 25, 2017
  • Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson Assesses Current Redistricting Law

    Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the impact of the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a North Carolina redistricting case. Henderson offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch it here. Read Carolina Journal’s story on the Supreme Court ruling…
    Donna Martinez, May 25, 2017
  • NBA All-Star Championship returning to Charlotte in 2019

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal that not everyone is happy about news of the All-Star game. “The NBA’s decision to return to North Carolina while anti-LGBT laws remain on the books is troubling,” Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally, said in an email to Carolina Journal. “We’re hopeful the NBA…
    Donna Martinez, May 24, 2017
  • Graphic Novels as College Texts?

    Shannon Watkins from the Martin Center for Academic Renewal writes an interesting piece about the growing prominence of graphic novels as the subject of college courses. Many English departments are now beginning to offer courses on graphic novels, which integrate text and visual imagery. Graphic novels are increasingly studied…
    Donna Martinez, May 24, 2017
  • Taxation By Citation

    With Americans now paying close attention to property tax rates and tax hikes, have we become a ‘citation nation’? Writing at City Journal, Jarrett Dieterle cites example after example of cities that are relying more on tickets, fines and fees to finance government. Although Dieterle doesn’t tag the practice…
    Donna Martinez, May 24, 2017
  • Care About Criminal Justice Reform in North Carolina?

    Really interesting piece by our Mitch Kokai about North Carolina’s criminal code. It came across as an offhand comment, not designed to sway colleagues to vote one way or another. But Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Person, uttered one sentence last week on the floor of the state House of Representatives…
    Donna Martinez, May 23, 2017