Martha Mitchell Zoller

Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science & International Affairs

While best known for her media career, Martha Zoller has been a small business owner, medical practice manager, editor in chief, writer and former candidate for Congress. She believes women can have it all, just not at the same time. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. Martha is a lifelong learner and is excited to be a part of SPIA and the pursuit of a PhD.

Education
  • BA, University of Georgia 1979, Telecommunications Arts
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Martha Zoller is a force on the conservative political landscape. After graduating in 1979 from The University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism from the prestigious Grady School of Journalism, she worked in the corporate world and met a payroll. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. She’s stayed at home and juggled children and working priorities. Martha Zoller knows there is no glass ceiling and women can have it all, just not at the same time.

Zoller is currently the State Policy Director for the Office of Senator David Perdue.

In September of 2011, Martha announced her candidacy for Congress in Georgia’s New 9th Congressional District and left the airwaves on May 11, 2012, to campaign full time. Martha made it to the runoff in that race, but did not win the runoff. Martha’s profile was raised substantially in this race and she used this during this past Fall to further conservative causes, help Mitt Romney in during the presidential election, attempt to increase our majority in the House of Representatives and to turn around the United States Senate. Martha joined Real PAC as a grassroots consultant in September, 2012 through February, 2013.

While best known for her media career, Martha also manages her husband’s primary care medical practice. Before starting in radio, Martha was a stay at home mom. After college, Martha Zoller was a retail buyer, managing as many as 60 employees and managing a budget of $10 million a year.

Martha joined the Cox Radio group on WXKT FM 103.7 in November, 2009 and is on the airwaves on WGAU in Athens from 6 to 9 am on “Zoller and Bryant.” On March 11, 2013, “Zoller and Bryant” went statewide in Georgia. Martha began her talk radio career in 1994 after being a regular caller to WDUN AM 550. Her first call to the station was prompted by Hillary Clinton’s lament that “she could have stayed at home and baked cookies.” From 2008 to 2011, Martha was syndicated on GNN. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Martha was named to the “Heavy Hundred” Talk Show Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. For 2005, 2006 and 2007, Martha has been named to James magazine’s list of Most Influential Georgians and in 2005 Georgia Trend magazine named Martha as one of Georgia’s most influential members of the media. She has been regular panelist on Fox 5 Atlanta’s The Georgia Gang, has been seen on CNN, FNC and MSNBC and has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, The Newshour on PBS and NBC’s The Today Show. Martha has written for Human Events Online, Pajamas Media, Daily Caller and various other publications. Martha’s first book, Indivisible: Uniting Values in a Divided America, was released November, 2005 from Stroud and Hall Publishers. In 1997, Martha won to GABBY for Best Locally Produced Talk Show in Georgia. From 1996 to 2001, Martha hosted the award winning public affairs program, “The Brenau News Forum.”

 

In 2005, Martha added defense expert to repertoire of talents by completing the Department of Defense’s oldest civilian training program, JCOC, Martha visited with members of all the branches of the service, saw what they can do on their bases around the country and was briefed by Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers. In July 2005, Martha was part of the one of the first trips by radio talk show hosts to Kuwait and Iraq which included live broadcasts from Iraq. We were briefed by General John Custer of the United States Army and General Abdul Qader Jassim of the Iraqi Army as well as interviews with scores of men and women in uniform. It was a life changing experience. Martha returned to Iraq in January 2007 and took a Gold Star Father back to thank the troops. She is also involved in many projects directly relating to support of the troops and participates in Freedom Alliance events and fundraising around the country.

Martha Zoller lives in Gainesville, Georgia with her husband and they have 4 children. She’s a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church. She serves on the Board of the Beulah Rucker Museum and Educational Foundation, has served on the Friends of Recovery Board. She’s been named the Business Woman of the Year by the ABWA and is a Rotarian. In July, 2008, Martha joined the University of Georgia Alumni Board.  In 2012, Martha joined the Jekyll Island Authority Foundation Board.

Of Note
  • ABWA Business Woman of the Year 2003
  • Talkers “Heavy Hundred” Talk Shows in America 2004-2011, 2013, 2014
  • GABBY Best Local Talk Show 1997
  • President, Republican Women of Hall 2014, 2015
  • Rotarian
  • Vice Chair Board of the Buelah Rucker Educational Foundation
  • Board of Directors UGA Alumni Association 2008-2017
  • Board Members Jekyll Island Foundation
Research Interests

As I’m reentering the educational environment after a 30+ year business career, my interests are in researching women in positions of elected leadership, especially in the conservative movement and accuracy in polling in the digital age.