Juan Martinez


Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Juan is currently a first year student at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a reporter at Oakland North. He studied Print/Online Journalism and graduated from San Francisco State University and earned two Associates degrees in Liberal Arts and Language Arts from Laney College in Oakland. Juan was previously a Community editor/assistant managing editor/general assignment reporter/sports and feature writer for OaklandLocal.com. He was also a Communications Associate at Full Court Press Communications and interned for Newswire21.org. As a part of the latter’s team, Juan won the 2010 Award for Excellence in Community Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists in Northern California. He also wrote extensively for SF State’s Golden Gate Xpress, which won the 2011 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker Award. Throughout his life, Juan has experienced many challenges. However, he has been successful in overcoming these obstacles with the help from his family. Juan is Mexican-American, bilingual, and the first person in his family to graduate from college. What Juan likes the most about being a journalist is the fact that he can write about his two passions – sports and community journalism. His career goal is to shed light on issues and communities that are in need of coverage.

Stories by Juan

Mayoral candidate: Joe Tuman

The issues for Tuman are public safety and economic development. In his view, the absence of economic development keeps part of the city in poverty...