Edwin Martin has been a journalist for 33 years. He worked at the Miami Herald from 1986 to 2016 in several capacities, including feature writer, reporter, senior copy editor and online producer. One of the highlights of his early career came in 1991 when he interviewed the great Michael Jordan. Martin, a native of Montserrat, migrated to the United States at age 10. In 1987 he was the recipient of two prestigious scholarships: Garth Reeves Sr. (for minority students) and Society of Professional Journalists. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Print Journalism from Florida International University with a minor in Political Science. At the Miami Herald he was twice awarded “Editor of the Quarter” for his headline writing and spearheading of special sections.
In 2017, Martin published Stranded Batsman: The Jim Allen Story, his first major book. It has been critically praised by several publications, including CricketWeb.Net, which wrote: “Martin has done a splendid job of reconstructing Allen’s story. The story that Martin tells is a thought-provoking one, very well written and thoroughly researched.” Martin also writes and sings calypso as a hobby and has entered competitions in Miami and Montserrat. He has also published two booklets about Montserrat’s Christmas Festival: Montserrat Festival 45thAnniversary Commemoration in 2007, and Montserrat Festival: This is us in 2017. He is also an avid cricket fan and has interviewed some of the greatest in the sport, including Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers, Viv Richards and Sir Wes Hall.
He launched the website Montserrat Spotlight (www.montserratspotlight.com) on February 5, 2019. The site focuses on feature stories about Montserrat history with occasional hard news. The site’s motto is: “Our people, our stories. Our history.” Martin is currently working on his fourth publication called “100 Years of Montserrat Cricket.”