Ken Martin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and lived for extended periods in Ireland, London, New York, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. He worked as a journalist based in London before coming to the U.S., where he attended Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with Honors in Psychology and winning the Pack Prize for Psychology. He earned an MA at the University of Minnesota and an MS at San Francisco State University, and completed over 3,000 hours of clinical experience before being licensed as a marriage and family therapist.
Ken Martin’s articles on social issues include features on:
· a prisoner’s first days after release (The Sunday Times Magazine, with photographs by Snowdon)
· London’s bombsite alcoholics (The Telegraph Magazine)
· the life of a Glasgow youth gang (The Observer Magazine).
As a journalist Martin covered events as diverse as student demonstrations in Paris, Czechoslovakia in the days after the Russian invasion, a NATO exercise in Arctic Norway, and a revolt in the British Virgin Islands.