Martine Powers

Journalist | Reporter | writer


My name is Martine and I'm a reporter.

I'm on a Fulbright Fellowship in Trinidad & Tobago, where I write about transportation.

Before that, I was a staffer at The Boston Globe for three years.

In fall 2015, I will be attending the Transom Story Workshop, a two-month audio production course in Cape Cod.

I'm good at making boring stuff interesting. Right now, I mostly write about transportation, traffic, urban design, and public funding for big infrastructure projects. I also write about the Caribbean. My blog, Bad Drive Trinidad, reaches 20,000 people per month. During my Fulbright year, I've written for the Trinidad Guardian, The Miami Herald, OZY, Latterly Magazine, and Caribbean Beat Magazine.

While I was at the Boston Globe, I served as the transportation beat reporter and covered everything from the Big Dig to the MBTA to Boston's burgeoning bike community. I also worked as a general assignment reporter, writing about small-town murder investigations, college cheating scandals, the 22-year-old mayor of a troubled city, and tasered cows.

I was on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Back in college, I was the online editor of the Yale Daily News, and I also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Tampa Bay Times.

In my free time, I like to read, watch movies, run (slowly), and lift heavy things (quickly).





The Trinidad Guardian: "After devastating floods, minister and residents clash over road repairs"

Government officials are working to reopen the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road as quickly as possible, but they’re facing a formidable task: How will they build a road that’s flood-proof for years to come?

The Miami Herald: "Proposed highway in Trinidad spurs hunger strike — again"

A proposed highway in oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago has become a symbol of not just the country’s development push, but environmental concerns for at least one university professor who is in week two of a hunger strike.

OZY: "What Trinidad Could Teach Uber and Lyft"

As more private entrepreneurs enter the U.S. transportation sector, options in upscale American neighborhoods may look a lot more like the average commute in the Caribbean.

Bad Drive: "7 questions about Trinidad’s procurement bill you were too embarrassed to ask"

Public procurement is a big deal in T&T. After months (actually, years) of debate, Parliament finally passed a bill last month that aims to seriously crack down on corruption and increase government transparency.






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