Areva is America's go-to expert, host and commentator on compelling legal, political, women’s, children’s and celebrity issues.
Passionate, outspoken and insightful, AREVA MARTIN is one of the country’s leading influencers shaping media today. She is a CNN contributor, award-winning civil rights attorney, civic leader, philanthropist and talk show host. Areva is an audience favorite on networks and streaming cites and on a long list of shows from Dr. Phil to Good Morning America.
Her television credits include co-hosting the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors and the CBS syndicated talk show Face the Truth. Areva is the host of the KBLA daily prime time news, politics and social affairs show, Areva Martin in Real Time. Her web-based show, The Special Report with Areva Martin, is the winner of the 2023 Anthem Silver Award for highlighting racial disparities and social inequities in America.
A prolific writer, her opinion pieces on racial and gender equity, leadership, success principles, mentorship and disability rights are read regularly by millions. She has written hundreds of articles and op ed pieces for publications including USA Today, Ebony, CNN.com and Thrive Global. Areva has front-page and in fold features in Power, Forbes, Redbook, Essence, Gladys, Sheen, Ebony, Gazelle and CEO Mom. magazines.
A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Areva’s books include, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism; Make It Rain: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand; and Awakening: Ladies, Leadership and the Lies We’ve Been Told. Her fifth book on race and the Black/white wealth gap, The Black Wealth Imperative, comes out in the Fall of 2023. The book is a part of a larger TV documentary series, which Areva will hosts and co-produce.
Areva is the founder and President of Special Needs Network, one of the nation’s leading autism and social justice organizations. She is also the founder and Principal of Martin & Martin, LLP, one of Los Angeles’ premier Black, female-owned law firms. She has been identified as a California Super Lawyer for the last five years, a designation reserved for the top five percent of the state’s attorneys.
The recipient of over 100 leadership, business, nonprofit and media awards and commendations including L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth Award, California Black Caucus Leadership Award, Los Angeles County Women of the Year, Ford’s Living Legend Award, James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, National Medical Fellowships Champions of Health Award and Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2022, Areva was identified as one of 100 most Influential Blacks in the country and inducted into Know Your Legacy Virtual Black History Museum as a leading Black changemaker. She also received a 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban League, an honor which she shares with icons such as civil rights leader Xernona Clayton and gospel music great, Shirley Ceasar.
Areva graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School.
As a public speaker, Areva speaks about the things that people are talking about and the things that motivate people to change. From major front-page stories to the latest in pop culture, to legal, social justice and broad societal issues, Areva is dynamic, inspirational and engaging. Drawing upon her personal experiences of growing up in a housing project in North St. Louis, attending the nation’s leading Ivy League university, working on Wall Street and running a successful business, Areva always challenges her audience, pushing them to discover both their strengths and weaknesses and helping them move forward with confidence. Through humor, satire, straight talk, urban references, and women’s intuition, Areva’s keynote addresses provide a powerful dose of realism and inspiration.
Emcee & Host
As an emcee and host, Areva knows how to elevate and efficiently manage a program. Whether it’s a fundraising gala for 1,000 plus guests, a corporate meeting with hundreds of employees, or a televised awards or entertainment show, Areva’s style, eloquence, and wit will help your event achieve unparalleled levels of success.