Ainsley Martinez is a professional media major with a pre-law minor at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Her experience in journalism began in high school with Edmond North’s student newspaper, The Ruff Draft. Serving as the Marketing Editor, Martinez received the Oklahoma Education Association Marshall Gregory Award for her feature story on students’ experiences with racism at Edmond North High School.
Martinez was then chosen to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in Washington, D.C. where her passion for reporting cemented. In her junior year of high school, Martinez interned at The Oklahoman. She returns to The Oklahoman this summer for their college internship program.
Martinez currently acts as the Managing Editor of The Vista at UCO. She covers various beats, most notably university governance, where she broke news of conversations about university budget concerns.