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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

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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