Manuel has collaborated with photographers, writers and videographers across the country and internationally, to create strong documentary-style footage highlighting current affairs. His work ranges from daily event photography to in-depth storytelling, focusing on the important stories and people in his community and abroad.
Manuel has a degree in English and a degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Tampa and Brooks Institute of Photography. He has held positions at several newspapers and magazines as a photographer and videographer earning him several awards in both focuses.
He comes from an art-minded family, which he attributes to his interest in visual media. Manuel’s entire family is from Asuncion, Paraguay, and the majority of his relatives still live in South America. Manuel enjoys spending his free time with his Son and Daughter and beautiful wife who he likes going camping with, riding bikes and going to cubs games.
Stories by Manuel Martinez
On Tuesday, 300,000 students across Chicago started remote learning. We spent the morning with three of them as they navigated nerves, new routines and technology.
The protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, now paralyzed, turned deadly Tuesday night when a teenager allegedly shot and killed two people.
The CTA is cleaning frequently, limiting passengers per car and monitoring platforms via camera. We talked to riders about the experience.
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, last December. Less than a month later, cases were reported in the U.S. — including Chicago.
The protest in Chicago’s Loop is one in a series of demonstrations across the country against stay-at-home orders.
Weeks into the statewide coronavirus shutdown, we captured the city’s busiest streets and iconic landmarks in a rare moment of stillness.
Now that the Lakefront Trail and the 606 are closed to foot traffic, these scenes will become the new normal for even more Chicagoans.
On Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate love. Some are just more permanent than others.
The four-month cultivation process might be contributing to Chicago’s shortage of legal cannabis
In typical Chicago style, the past 12 months were filled with music festivals, sports and political drama. And WBEZ was there with a camera.