Martin spent 30 years in the newspaper business, 13 of them as publisher at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., the Transcript in North Adams, Mass., and the Reformer in Brattleboro, Vt. He also was executive vice president and director of interactive media for New England Newspapers, Inc., a four-daily cluster which is part of Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc. Along the way, he handled the acquisition and management of a number of weeklies and launched a variety of niche publications. Martin has served on a variety of non-profit boards, as director and treasurer of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, and as a board member of the National Newspaper Association. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a graduate degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. (He and his wife ran a country inn in the Berkshires for several years in the 1970s, but they "got it out of their systems once Martin smelled printer's ink.") He retired from the Reformer in April, 2008 and launched his blog, News After Newspapers, a few months later. He moved his blogging home base to Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab in January, 2009.