Marvin Bartlett


Marvin Bartlett has been a co-anchor for FOX 56 News at 10 p.m. since its start on Jan. 2, 1995. Since then, Marvin has won three regional Emmys for news writing and reporting, and in his career, he’s won more than a dozen reporting awards from the Associated Press.

In addition to anchoring, Marvin is the managing editor for FOX 56 News and the producer/reporter of the weekly feature segment, “Spirit of the Bluegrass.”

Marvin is a native of Grafton, West Virginia. He’s a 1983 graduate of Marshall University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. In 1985, he completed the requirements for a master’s degree in journalism at Ohio University.

After working for his hometown newspaper and radio station and then at the public TV station at Ohio University, Marvin’s first job in commercial television was in Paintsville, Kentucky. There he served as the Eastern Kentucky Bureau Chief for WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia.

In late 1987, Marvin moved to Lexington to work for the NBC affiliate where he worked his way up from videographer/reporter to weekend anchor and then morning anchor.

Marvin’s wife Elizabeth works for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. They have a son, Cooper, born in 2006, and a daughter, Eliza, born in 2008.

Marvin has also taught at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and has been an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University. In 2002, he wrote “The Joy Cart,” a book about an inspirational young cancer patient he met while on the job. An updated version, “The Boy Who Delivered Joy,” was published in 2019.


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