Barbara Martinez is a reporter in the Health & Science bureau of The Wall Street Journal. She covers the hospital industry.
Ms. Martinez joined the Journal as a part-time copyreader in September 1991 and became a copy editor on the national news desk in June 1992. She moved to the Dow Jones Investor Network as a reporter in June 1994 and became an assistant news editor in 1996. She returned to the Journal as a reporter working on the spot news desk in February 1997, became the paper's national real estate reporter in May 1998 and began covering the health insurance beat in June 2000. Since then, Ms. Martinez has also covered the pharmaceutical and pharmacy-benefits industries.
In 2007, Ms. Martinez was part of a team of Journal reporters who won the New York Press Club's award for consumer news. That year, Ms. Martinez, along with another reporter, was a finalist for the Loeb Award in beat writing for the series: "Healthcare Goldmines: Middlemen Reap Benefits of Rising Costs." That series was also a finalist for a Deadline Club Award.
In 2009, she was part of a team that won an award from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association for an investigative series on nonprofit hospitals.
Ms. Martinez has been the secretary of the board of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund since 1997 and originated the Fund's business reporting program.
Born in Newark, N.J., Ms. Martinez earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University. While at the university, she worked for a summer as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing intern on the Journal's copydesk in New York.
She lives in Hoboken, N.J.