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Andrés Martínez (born Mexico, c. 1966[1]) is an American journalist and author. He is editorial director of Future Tense, a joint journalism project of Slate, the New America Foundation and Arizona State University. He is also a professor of practice at the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and a special adviser to ASU President Michael Crow.[2] His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, the Atlantic and Slate, among other publications.[3]


After graduating from law school, Martinez practiced communications law in Washington, D.C. at the firm Verner Lipfer, and served as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer in Dallas.[3] In 1995, he switched to journalism, going to work as a reporter and later editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[3] In 1997 he went on to work for The Wall Street Journal as a business reporter.[3] In 1999, Martinez released his first book, 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas. In 2000 Martinez became a member of the editorial board of The New York Times.[3] He eventually rose to become assistant editorial page editor, and in 2004 was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorials he wrote about how U.S. farm subsidies negatively impact the third world.[3] He left for the Los Angeles Times in September 2004, where his duties were expanded to include oversight of the op-ed page and the Sunday opinion section in addition to the editorial page. In March 2007, Martinez resigned amid controversy over allegations of a conflict of interest involving his relationship with a public-relations executive and her role in organizing a special issue of the Sunday opinion section. In November 2007, Martinez began writing a political advice column for the Washington Post,[4] which ran through the end of the 2008 presidential campaign.[5] In 2009, Martinez became director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program at the New America Foundation, with the mission to "identify and support the next generation of American public policy scholars and writers."[3]


Martinez was born in Mexico[6] to Jeanette B. Martinez (of Boston) and Alfredo Martinez Urdal of Mexico City.[1]

He graduated from Yale University with a history degree in 1988.[6] He earned a Master's Degree in Russian history from Stanford University in 1989,[6] and a law degree from Columbia University in 1992,[6] where he served on Law Review.

In 1995, Martinez married Katherine Collins Hall.[1] The couple later divorced and have a son.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Katherine Hall and Andres Martinez". The New York Times. 1995-06-18. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  2. ^ "Andrés Martinez, Professor of Practice". Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Andrés Martinez". New America Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  4. ^ Roderick, Kevin (2007-11-05). "Stump the ex-editor". LA Observed. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  5. ^ a b Martinez, Andres (2008-11-08). "The next next president". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  6. ^ a b c d "Andrés Martinez Columnist Biography". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-14.