Martin L. Anderson


Presidents Circle Laurel Pin (2013)


Martin "Marty" Anderson's college career and love for IU got an early start when he attended the IU High School Journalism Institute in the summer of 1951. He won first prize for his writing, and he was hooked on journalism for good. Anderson received his degree in journalism in 1957 from the School of Journalism. While attending IU, he was a member of the Lambda Chi fraternity and Scabbard and Blade, a ROTC military honor society.

Following graduation, Anderson served in the active reserve at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He joined the Associated Press as a reporter three days after leaving the service and stayed with the AP for 33 years. He covered breaking news stories all over Indiana including historic plane crashes and an interview with Ringo Starr after the Beatles' only Indiana appearance in 1964.

After his retirement, Anderson helped organize his 50th high school reunion in 2002, where he met his fellow Howe High School alum, Ann Sterns Baldridge, whom he had taken to senior prom. They married not long after the reunion. Ann passed away four years later but to honor her memory, he endowed the "Ann and Marty Anderson Scholarship in Journalism" to provide generations of students with financial need. For this contribution, IU Foundation inducted Anderson at the Benefactor level of the Presidents Circle.