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Peter Martinez(Updated November 2016) Peter Martinez resides in New York City and is currently pursuing a new opportunity in the journalism and/or digital media industry.

He previously worked at AOL.com as Managing Editor and at ABC's World News Now, America This Morning and Good Morning America as a Digital & Social Media Producer.

While at ABC News, he managed and moderated WNNfans.com, ATMfans.com, TechBytes and the Twitter and YouTube accounts.

He first began with a Digital Fellowship at ABC News in 2008, then hired as a Desk Assistant and within two years promoted to full-time producer.

Since 2004, Peter has demonstrated his skills in digital media production.

In his senior year at Los Alamitos High School, Martinez enrolled in a Multimedia Production ROP class where he learned non-linear video editing with Final Cut Pro.

He started producing a weekly newscast called Griffin News. From that point forward, Martinez knew that broadcast journalism is the career he’d like to pursue.

In 2004, he chose to study communications at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and graduated with honors in August 2008 -- one of CSUF's largest graduating classes.

Martinez has a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism.

He was featured during the CSUF Commencement ceremony by then president Milton A. Gordon:

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Martinez was involved at CSUF since his freshman year. As a broadcast journalist, he worked at Titan Communications, the on-campus television station that reached thousands of homes in Orange County.

He produced a newscast called On the Edge which won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a breaking news event.

Cal State Fullerton As a student leader, he chaired the College of Communications Interclub Council for two years and was an active member of the Associated Students Executive Senate.

For four years, Martinez held a membership with the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and two years with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

He was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at CSUF.

Peter Martinez - rePeteProductionsIn 2005, Martinez was a recipient of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation paid summer internship at KCET – the west coast flagship TV station for PBS.

For three years, he worked at KCET's Emmy-award winning public affairs program, Life & Times.

Each summer Martinez learned how to create quality news packages with high production standards.  The internship was sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Peter Martinez intern at KABC-TVAt one of Cal State Fullerton's Career and Internship Fairs, he was offered a first ever internship position with KABC’s website department.

During Martinez's sophomore year in 2006, he helped ABC7 Eyewitness News staff post video clips and breaking news to www.abc7.com.

He also helped post multimedia content during the Oscars 2006 telecast.

September 2007 was the launch of Martinez's very own company, rePeteProductions.

He combined his skills as a video journalist, writer, editor, and webmaster to create a video production service.


With high-end broadcast quality equipment, Martinez would go on-location to tape news and special event videos.

Some of his clients included the CSUF Public Affairs Department, College of Business and Economics and the College of Communications. The website www.rePetePro.com is home to all of Martinez's work.

Here is a sample video from one project he produced for Cal State Fullerton:

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In late 2007, KCET and CSUF created an exclusive media partnership; a match made in heaven since Martinez has been heavily involved with both institutions.

One of the KCET/CSUF initiatives was to create a digital channel with programs targeted to the Orange County community. The result was an issues-driven television show called OC Insightproduced by one of Martinez's broadcast professors and advisor, Dr. Brent Foster.

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Four packages were made and inserted into the two episodes that were taped at the CSUF broadcast studio in March 2008. OC Insight premiered in early April on digital television and online at www.ocinsighttv.com. Episodes three and four were taped on May 9, 2008.

In early April 2008, Martinez and a group of three Cal State Fullerton Communications students won a national video news competition with the FOX News Channel – something they worked on during winter break in December 2007. The topic was about illegal aliens: should they stay or move them out?

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The video includes interviews with the Minuteman Project co-founder, a coyote, and a documented housekeeper. On-location taping included shots of the border fence in San Diego (seen below).

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FOX News also included an all expense paid trip to New York to appear on FOX & Friends as well as an interview for an entry-level position with the network (see below)

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As the group's main videographer and editor, Martinez put into use some of the shooting and editing techniques he learned during his KCET / Life & Times internship. Brent Foster, the group's advisor, provided valuable feedback during the post-production process.

ImageIn the summer of 2008, Martinez was chosen for a three-month paid fellowship with ABC News in New York City. He received training in ABC's state-of-the-art digital bullpen and rotated between three of ABC's digital properties: ABCNews.com, ABC News NOW and the World News webcast.Peter Martinez

Also, Martinez had the opportunity to research, write, learn control room and studio procedures, and added to his shooting and editing skills. Martinez participated in several news division learning seminars throughout the fellowship.

To see videos and the other assignments Martinez completed click here.

After the Fellowship, ABC hired Martinez as a Desk Assistant and then held a staff position.

He worked on ABC's overnight World News Now broadcast as a producer. Martinez also created and maintained its facebook fan page: http://WNNfans.com

To contact Peter Martinez, send an e-mail to: pmartinez@rePetePro.com

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