Stephen Martin is a speech writer, journalist, and award-winning essayist. He directs public relations and executive communications for the nonprofit Center for Creative Leadership. Formerly a business and education reporter for several daily newspapers, Martin coauthors a regular column on social innovation and entrepreneurship for the Raleigh News & Observer. His essays have appeared in America, Commonweal, Portland, and on washingtonpost.com. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He and his wife Dawn and their two children live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church.