Tony Martinez - KPTV - FOX 12

Tony Martinez

Tony Martinez is the traffic reporter for FOX 12's Emmy award winning "Good Day Oregon." He joined KPTV in 2006 as one of the show's original members.

Tony came to FOX 12 from radio station Z-100 with a strong following; familiar to many viewers as "Officer Tony" on what was known as "The Z Morning Zoo". After 12 years behind the microphone, Tony made the transition to television with ease, bringing his expertise of the Portland Metro area's roadways to morning viewers. In fact, he is a five-time recipient of the "Best Traffic Reporter" Award from The Associated Press. In addition to his knowledge and expert delivery, Tony's quick wit and charm have made him a favorite among fans of the "Good Day Oregon" crew.

While Tony has worked in radio and television most of his adult life, he also has a Masters Degree in Social Work. He is also a devoted family man who enjoys being a father to his two active kids. However, Tony's other love in life is yoga. Once an active runner, Tony suffered a hip injury and needed surgery. Upon recovery, he discovered Bikram Yoga and has been hooked ever since. Tony practices several times a week; sometimes twice a day.

Tony is married with a daughter and a son.

Now, here are some fun facts about Tony:

What are the top 5 songs played on your iPod?

Thank You – Sly and the Family Stone

Shufflin' the Blues – T Bone Walker

Secret O' Life – James Taylor

Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson

Marvin Gaye – What's Goin' On?

What was your most embarrassing TV moment?

Interesting question, ‘cause I think our show kinda thrives on unexpected or embarrassing moments, so there are lots of them. When they come up, we just kinda roll with it... that's GDO.

What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Sneak in a yoga class before the kids get up, get a few things done around the house, hang out with the family, take in a second yoga class, throw something on grill, wine service on the front porch, then get schooled by my kids in a round of ‘Clue'.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Guacamole

Name 5 things that are always in your refrigerator.

Coconut water, tortillas, some kind of juice, half an avocado and a bunch of near-empty bottles of salad dressing that should probably be thrown out.

What would surprise people most about you?

I teach a Latino Popular Culture class at Portland State University. People don't usually see that one coming!

Any pet peeves?

Thousands! Lousy drivers would be near the top of the list.

What is your nickname?

Hmmm... don't really have one, but there's still time!

What are you scared of?

Snakes

What kind of pets do you have and what are their names?

We have a Guinea Pig named ‘Skoo', and an imaginary dog my kids are hoping for which I've named, ‘Doubt It.'

If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be?

Charlie Watts has been the Rolling Stone's drummer for 50 years, but he rarely says a word. I bet he's got some good stories to tell.

What is something you've always wanted to learn how to do?

Play the guitar well

What would you place in a time capsule that would tell a relative 100 years from now who you are?

A picture of me with my wife and kids

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