Joseph A. Martin was born in Woodsboro, Md. and graduated from the WVU School of Journalism in 1993 with a degree in Broadcast News. Following an internship with the Mountaineer Sports Network he became a graduate assistant and earned a master’s degree in Sport Management in 1996. That same year he began his career at NBC Sports as an intern and was hired as a freelance employee to work on the Atlanta Olympics as a production assistant. Assignments with NBC Sports since then have included the NBA Finals, Super Bowl XXXII, Golf and several other Olympic Games. In 2007 Martin began directing golf for NBC Sports as well as Golf Channel and has directed the U.S. Open, Open Championship, The Ryder Cup, The Players and FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Drive, Chip, and Putt Finals from Augusta National. Olympic directing assignments include various events at the London games, Snowboarding and Extreme Skiing in both Russia and South Korea, and Swimming in Rio and Tokyo. In 2021 NBC chose Martin to direct the Olympics Closing Ceremony. He has won five Sports Emmy Awards during his career including the 2008 Award for Live Sports Special which was presented to NBC’s golf production team for their coverage of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.