Victoria St. Martin
Victoria St. Martin is a distinguished visiting journalist with the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She is a policy reporter focused on education at The South Bend Tribune.
St. Martin came to Notre Dame after a 15-year career as a journalist, including as a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Washington Post. In addition to her work in newspapers, St. Martin has served as a multimedia journalist at WNIT, Michiana's public television station.
She joined The Post’s Local Desk in July 2013 as the American University’s School of Communication Fellow specializing in investigative journalism. Upon earning her master’s degree from American in 2014, she was hired onto The Post’s staff full-time.
Prof. St. Martin leads an introductory reporting class.
Before The Post, she spent three years as a reporter at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., where she frequently wrote about the environment, health, education, religion and legal issues. She was a frontline member of The Ledger’s coverage team during Superstorm Sandy, she covered the trial of a shooter in a triple-killing at a Newark school yard and landed an interview with a suspect in cold-case quintuple homicide who had not spoken publicly in 35 years (he was later acquitted). She also wrote about her diagnosis, treatment and recovery from a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 30.
Prior to joining The Ledger, St. Martin worked in suburban New Orleans for four years at The Times-Picayune, where she covered government, housing and public schools. At The Times-Picayune, she covered a pair of high-profile public corruption cases and charted the recovery of the parishes straddling the Mississippi River from the lingering effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Her professional reporting career began at The Trentonian in Trenton, N.J. where she covered crime and gangs in a half-dozen municipalities. There, St. Martin spent a year shadowing a female leader of the Bloods street gang and covered the still-unsolved death of a college freshman whose body ended up in a Pennsylvania landfill.
As an educator, her specialties include multiplatform journalism, social media, and general assignment reporting.
A New Jersey native, St. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University.
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