Barbara Martinez is the Uncommon Schools Chief External Officer. Until August, 2011, she was an editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal, covering various topics, including public schools. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010 for her healthcare reporting and has twice been a finalist for the highest honor in business reporting, the Loeb Award. She has also won awards from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Institute for Healthcare Management, and the New York Press Club. She is secretary of the board of the Dow Jones News Fund, a foundation that encourages young people to consider careers in journalism. In 2011, she won the Journalism Education Association's Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award for her volunteer work launching several inner-city high-school newspapers, as well as for creating an e-mentoring program involving dozens of teenagers and WSJ professionals. She is a founder and a trustee of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, a K-5 school in Hoboken, N.J. Born in Newark, N.J., she graduated from New York University in 1992 with a BA in Journalism.