Jurek Martin is a columnist for the Financial Times and has written the “Letter to America” dispatch in the newspaper’s Weekend section for the last two years, as well as contributing other articles. This summer he rejoined the newspaper’s election coverage team in an analytical capacity.
Martin spent a 30-year career on the Financial Times’ foreign staff. He served as foreign editor in London, twice as Washington bureau chief, and also ran the offices in Tokyo and New York City. Prior to that, Martin was a correspondent in the Washington bureau, a visiting fellow at the University of South Carolina, and editor of Europe Magazine. For his coverage on Japan, he was commended in the British Press Awards and received the BPA’s David Holden award as foreign correspondent of the year. In 1997, Martin was made a member of the Order of Officer of the British Empire by the Queen for his “contributions to international journalism, particularly in the USA."
Martin received his BA in modern history from Oxford University. He moved to California where he worked as a schoolteacher, bartender, encyclopedia salesman, and ski bum, while also trying to sell articles to assorted publications.
He lives in Washington, D.C., and is married to Kathleen Newland, previously a CWA participant. They have one daughter.