Scott Martelle

Writer

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.

Recent Articles

  • Alabama's cruel and unusual execution of Ronald Smith

    Alabama's cruel and unusual execution of Ronald Smith

    There was a sick irony to Alabama’s seemingly unconstitutional execution Thursday night of Ronald Bert Smith. The spotlight focused on his last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over Alabama’s use of judicial override in capital punishment cases. The court earlier this year found a similar...

  • Trump's pick of Pruitt to run the EPA spells disaster for the environment

    Trump's pick of Pruitt to run the EPA spells disaster for the environment

    Any hope, as quixotic as it might have been, that President-elect Donald J. Trump might be less of a threat to the environment than candidate Trump has gone up in soon-to-be unregulated smoke with his picking Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt,...

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