Rich Martin began his journalism career in 1983 after receiving a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications at Iowa State University in Ames. He worked as a reporter at the Denison (Iowa) Bulletin and the Mt. Pleasant (Iowa) News before moving on to larger papers. He won numerous awards for covering the killing of the Mt. Pleasant mayor at a City Council meeting in 1986 and for his feature stories.
He’s worked as reporter, copy editor, reviewer and Web writer/editor. He's experienced in sports, news, business and entertainment.
Martin was on the death cruise of the good ship L.A. Herald Examiner in 1989. He went on to serve as an editor on the L.A. Daily News, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, and also had stints at Web sites, (now-defunct) Electronic Media, Creative Planet and Campus Explorer, among many workplaces. Martin has freelanced for the now-defunct Editor & Publisher, the Minneapolis Tribune and ESPN.com. He wrote book and TV reviews for the Daily News, Variety and THR.
Martin’s a sports fanatic who belongs to Twins Nation, Vikings Nation and Kings (hockey) Nation, and has more often than not suffered from these choices. His bad Vikings memories go back decades.
He went to high school at Mounds View in suburban St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he lettered in cross country and track.
Martin, a hard-core writer, works on screenplays and novels in his spare time.