Journalist and author Roland Martin, senior analyst for "The Tom Joyner Morning Show," will be named Broadcaster of the Year by the Rainbow PUSH coalition at this week’s 10th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference in Atlanta.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of Rainbow PUSH, will present the award to Martin on Friday, Oct. 16 at its Keep Hope Alive Gala.
“Roland Martin's coverage and analysis of the 2008 election was outstanding, as is the commentary he provides every night on CNN, and now on 'Washington Watch with Roland Martin on TV One,'” said Jackson. “His reporting and commentary indicate that he has his finger on the pulse of African-American thought, and is a respected voice of our community. Roland has a unique way of connecting with people. He is generous, intelligent and persuasive. So many people look up to him and say, 'He speaks for me.' We want to honor Roland for his work, and we present this award to laud his pursuit of excellence in journalism.”
In addition to his TV One show, Martin is also a CNN analyst, appearing on a variety of shows, including "Campbell Brown," "The Situation Room," "Anderson Cooper 360," "Lou Dobbs Tonight," and many others.
Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008 and 2009 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview." He is also the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview."
His book, "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House,” will hit shelves next month.
Other individuals being honored for their contributions to civic and economic life at the Keep Hope Alive Gala include Vicki Palmer, retired Coca-Cola Enterprises Executive Vice President; Rep. John Lewis, Sweet Auburn advocate Charles Johnson, civil rights activist Gail P. Davenport, Georgia Informer Publisher Herbert Dennard and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.