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How a Houston High School Turned Roland Martin into a National TV Figure

Last week (Feb. 15, 2017), television host Roland Martin was in town to receive an award from HISD as a distinguished alumnus of Houston’s Jack Yates High School. Martin is the host of News One Now with Roland Martin on the cable network TV One, and he broadcast his show live from Yates High School […]

Roland Martin Wide shot desk eyes openLast week (Feb. 15, 2017), television host Roland Martin was in town to receive an award from HISD as a distinguished alumnus of Houston’s Jack Yates High School.

Martin is the host of News One Now with Roland Martin on the cable network TV One, and he broadcast his show live from Yates High School last Wednesday morning.

That’s where Houston Matters producer Abner Fletcher caught up with him to discuss how the Houston high school shaped him into a journalist — and how his program approaches the news.

(Photo: Abner Fletcher, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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