Martin Andersen

Martin Andersen

Year Inducted: 1990

Andersen, the crusading owner-editor of the Orlando Sentinel until 1965, was an astute businessman, politician and visionary, who has been called “the strongest influence in the development of modern-day Orlando.”

He came to Orlando in 1931 as managing editor of the newly consolidated Orlando Morning Sentinel and Reporter-Star. He purchased the newspapers in 1937 and built their combined 10,000 circulation to 150,000 circulation as the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Evening Star before he sold them to the Chicago Tribune Company in 1965.

Andersen was a far-sighted, staunch supporter of public services and adequate highway facilities in Florida and was credited with helping bring I-4 and the Florida Turnpike through Orange County and Central Florida.