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.
(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.
(2.07.13) We Need to Stand Up to Attacks on Fundamental Rights
Powerful men and women are standing by as the federal government targets religious liberty.
(12.18.12) Soaking the Medical Devices Industry
A new tax in the federal health care reform law will have bad consequences — both intended and unintended.
(12.13.12) A Victory Against Unwarranted Regulation
Too many state licensing rules are about nothing more than "naked transfers of wealth."
(11.27.12) A Victory Against Unwarranted Regulation
A ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals means Louisiana monks won't face the prospect of prison sentences for selling caskets.
(10.11.12) Incumbent Meredith Facing Tough Re-election Fight in Senate District 19
FAYETTEVILLE — It is a race between a Republican candidate who describes himself as a “working class man” and a Democratic candidate who says his parents taught him to “tote your own water.” Incumbent Sen. Wesley Meredith is considered vulnerable, but Democratic challenger George Tatum faces questions, too.
(9.28.12) Taking A Leadership Role in A North Carolina Turnaround
Bringing the state's economy back to life starts with the actions of individuals like us.
(9.25.12) Taking a Leadership Role in N.C.’s Turnaround
Despite frustrating news on the job front, each of us can play a part in restoring North Carolina's economic health.