Ron Martz is a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and media relations consultant specializing in helping businesses develop effective contingency plans for communicating with media before, during, and after crises occur.
Ron Martz is a journalism instructor who spent nearly 40 years in the newspaper business as a reporter and editor, 26 with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He has reported from more than 25 foreign countries on a variety of national and international security issues including the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an embedded reporter with U.S. Army forces; the incarceration of Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in February 2002; the arrival of U.S. troops in Croatia and Bosnia in the winter of 1995-96; the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 1990-91; the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988; the international drug trade in Burma, Thailand, and South America in 1987-88; and the Contra-Sandinista war in Central America in 1984.
He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in two categories in 2004 for his coverage of the war in Iraq and was named Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club and Cox Newspapers Writer of the Year.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications, and the co-author of four books on military history and one on disaster preparedness.