Veteran journalist, broadcaster, political commentator and activist Roland Martin has launched his new weekday morning talk show, News One Now on TVOne. Martin previously lived in Chicago while executive editor of the Chicago Defender and host of a WVON radio morning talk show. He has long been a familiar presence on cable programming — especially his CNN years from 2007-13. Martin phoned recently to share his thoughts about why he’s jumped into the crowded morning television scene and why he feels he can add something new to the mix.
Q: Tell me about your new show, why do you think now is the best time to launch it?
A: For the past four years I’ve had a weekly show on TV One, but I have so much to say and there are so many topics to cover. I knew I was ready — and America was ready — to have me do a show five days a week.
Q: You clearly are feeling very passionate about this new project. What drives that for you?
A: Looking back on my entire career — I rank this show as right up there, right along with saving and revitalizing the Chicago Defender [newspaper]. Having the ability to break new ground and create a morning show that is specifically focused on the African-American community is a huge undertaking. What we are trying to do is to position ourselves to be at the center of Black thought in America.
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