Donna is a columnist for Carolina Journal, and editor of The Locke Letter. She assists with marketing activities and appears each week as a co-host of At Issue, the NBC 17 public affairs program airing Sundays at 11 a.m. Donna also represents the Locke Foundation at speaking engagements and in other media outlets. She has a particular interest in the politics of feminism and the "women's rights movement."
Donna came to the Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. Her career has been spent in marketing, public relations and writing, most recently at UNC-TV, and includes 11 years at The Arizona Republic, the daily newspaper serving metropolitan Phoenix. Donna is a graduate of Arizona State University and is married to Rick Martinez, an editorial columnist for the Raleigh News and Observer. She and Rick live in northern Orange County with their four dogs, and are grandparents to Ellie and Karie.
(12.26.13) Liberal Lawsuit Challenges Life-Enhancing Scholarship
A legal challenge from left-of-center activists would help ensure that most special-needs students fail to make the grade.
(11.21.13) Conservatives Need To Step Up To Improve Education
The liberal education establishment has made its mark on North Carolina, and the results speak volumes.
(11.19.13) Conservatives Need to Step Up to Improve N.C. Education
If you have time to complain about the problem, you have time to help provide the solution.
(9.10.13) Government Nannies Let Parents Off The Hook
It should surprise no one that government officials who want to run more aspects of our lives believe we have a collective responsibility to monitor kidsí eating habits.
(8.06.13) Making It Tougher to Max Out the State Credit Card
An important new law on state debt emerges from the 2013 N.C. legislative session.
(7.18.13) Competition Makes Us Better
Competition has the power to broaden educational horizons for children, but you'll have no luck getting North Carolina's education establishment to embrace it.
(6.20.13) Competition Makes Us Better
The education establishment should learn lessons from other aspects of daily life.
(5.07.13) Walking the Walk on Boosting Small Business
A Republican-sponsored 2011 state tax break is yielding benefits for small business owners and entrepreneurs across North Carolina.
(3.14.13) Education Establishment Runs From Its Own Customers
Those tied to traditional district-run public schools go out of their way to oppose innovations outside their control.
(2.14.13) Stand Up To Attacks On Fundamental Rights
If the Obamacare mandate on religious employers survives, other rights unrelated to the practice of faith are imperiled as well.