July 7, 2015


Martin, Nick

Education reporter

Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.

He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.

Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.

Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.

Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.

Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.

Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.

A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.

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Nick Martin | @NickMartin14

Jul 7 8:49 pm

Last official trustee appointed to replace fired board, Alex Krawec, had been school trustee, mayor, school principal in Stonewall area

Nick Martin | @NickMartin14

Jul 7 8:48 pm

Province fired Morris-Macdonald school board on Nov. 9, 2001 --- not 15 years ago as previously tweeted

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

Jul 7 8:48 pm

Truck crashes through doors, traps boy wfp.to/RCS

Nick Martin | @NickMartin14

Jul 7 8:43 pm

NDP has conducted serious reviews of four troubled school divisions in last 15 years without threatening to fire the school trustees

Nick Martin | @NickMartin14

Jul 7 8:42 pm

The provincial government has not fired a school board since former Morris-Macdonald SD 15 years ago in adult learning centre scandal

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