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)

  • It’s Been Called A Civil Liberties Debacle. Find Out Why.

    It’s been called a civil liberties debacle.  Watch Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, explain civil asset forfeiture and federal equitable sharing programs in North Carolina. Guze offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Jon has written extensively about…
    Donna Martinez, November 18, 2017
  • Could Complacency Put North Carolina’s Charter School Movement at Risk?

    North Carolina’s school choice movement has enjoyed big successes over the past few years, writes JLF’s Terry Stoops. The problem is, North Carolina’s success can also lead to complacency. Ideas that have circulated through the years include state-imposed mandates that would require charter schools to provide transportation and participate…
    Donna Martinez, November 17, 2017
  • US Postal Service Loses $2.7 Billion

    Federalnewsradio.com has the disturbing financial data about the US Postal Service: Despite the continued growth of its package delivery business, USPS ended fiscal 2017 with a $2.7 billion loss, down from a $5.6 billion loss in fiscal 2016. Postmaster Megan Brennan weighed in on the future: Amid the harsh reality of…
    Donna Martinez, November 16, 2017
  • More Wisdom From Dr. Mike Munger of Duke

    It’s always a treat to talk with Dr. Mike Munger. You’ll always learn something new. This time you’ll learn something about our namesake, John Locke. Take a minute to check with Dr. Munger and our Mitch Kokai.
    Donna Martinez, November 16, 2017
  • Cato Expert: We’re Misdiagnosing the Opioid Crisis

    Gov. Roy Cooper is one of just three governors that are serving on the Trump Administration’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The president believes the situation is so dire that he’s declared a health emergency in our country. But Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a Senior…
    Donna Martinez, November 16, 2017
  • What Would Federal Tax Reform Mean For High-Tax California?

    Interesting column in the LA Times about the impact of tax reform on people who live in high-tax states like California. At issue is the proposal to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes.  “My assumption is that people who take advantage of the deductions for state…
    Donna Martinez, November 15, 2017
  • “We are one of the weirdest groups in North Carolina”

    For years, the John Locke Foundation has supported redistricting reform, joining other groups across the ideological spectrum as part of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. On Monday evening, Jane Pinsky, who leads the coalition, spoke about the need for reform at a town hall meeting…
    Donna Martinez, November 15, 2017
  • Why Should We Care About Culture Wars?

    Thought-provoking piece from JLF Senior Vice President Jon Pritchett, who makes the case that we need to engage the culture wars while we are also fighting for liberty. Many of my cohorts in the free-market, think tank world believe it’s counter-productive for us to engage culture wars. They think our…
    Donna Martinez, November 14, 2017