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Opinion Writing/Ideas Journalism Public Square, JMC 412, MCO 598
Martinez is a director of both the US-Mexico Foundation and the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and has also been the editorial director and executive editor of ASU-affiliated Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles. Prior to joining ASU in 2014, Martinez was Vice President and Director of the Fellows Program at the New America Foundation, an independent Washington think tank. Martinez has also been the editorial page editor of The Los Angeles Times and an assistant editorial page editor at The New York Times, where he was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series of editorials on the impact of U.S. farm subsidies on the developing world. Martinez had earlier been a business reporter at The Wall Street Journal and at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1994-95), as well as an editorial writer at the Post-Gazette (1995-97).
Before taking up journalism, Martinez practiced communications law at Verner Liipfert in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer in Dallas. He is the co-editor of Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (Unnamed Press, 2019) and the author of 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas (Villard Random House, 1999). A native of Mexico, Martinez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Yale, a Master of Arts degree in Russian history at Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor degree at Columbia University Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.