Tony Martinez (broadcaster)

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Tony Martinez is an American television and radio broadcaster known for his time on Z100 as "Officer Tony", and as the traffic reporter for Fox 12's TV show Good Day Oregon . He is one of the show's original members.

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KPTV Fox television affiliate in Portland, Oregon, United States

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Early career

After graduating from college with a master's degree in social work. Martinez began working at the radio station Z100. He soon amassed a large following as the host of "The Z Morning Zoo" under the name "Officer Tony". [1]

Social work academic discipline and profession

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Good Day Oregon

In 1996, Martinez joined KPTV and Fox 12 as a traffic reporter for the debuting early morning show, Good Day Oregon. Martinez is one of two original members still on the show. [1]


Martinez teaches Latino popular culture at Portland State University. [1]

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Portland State University

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Martinez is a five-time recipient of the "Best Traffic Reporter" Award from The Associated Press. [1]

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