Jose Martinez joined NY1 as the news channel's Transit Reporter in March of 2013 after working nearly two decades at newspapers.
He spent 12 years at the Daily News, where he wrote front-page courthouse exclusives about the little black book of "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis, and dug up Leona Helmsley’s will that left $12 million to her dog, Trouble – and nothing to two of her grandchildren.
At the New York Post, Martinez covered the Brooklyn courthouse, where he reported on the sudden collapse of a high-profile case that resulted in two men winning their freedom, and the wacky trial of a man who dressed up as his dead mom in order to pocket her Social Security benefits.
At The Post, he shared in awards for coverage of the fatal December 2011 shooting of a Brooklyn police officer, at the News he was recognized for coverage of the 2001 crash of Flight 587 in the Rockaways, and before that, at the Journal News of Westchester County, he was recognized for his breaking-news coverage of a Yonkers murder-suicide in which five people died.
Martinez's stories haven't been all crime and punishment; he was dispatched to the Dominican Republic in pursuit of the 28-inch-tall sidekick of Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, and has written about a Wall Street trader who sued a Manhattan "gentlemen’s club" after he took a dancer's heel in the eye during a private dance gone wrong.
A graduate of The University of Tampa and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Martinez began writing for the St. Petersburg Times while he was a college sophomore.