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His little-known ideas on improving your worklife and education, and on men's issues

About Marty

Marty's mother claims that he could read the New York Times at age 3 and that his reading comprehension in the 1st grade was at the 12th grade level. That's either the exaggerations of a Jewish mother or the first sign of what was to come.

Today, career coach Dr. Marty Nemko is among the nation's most sought-after experts on both career and education issues. Marty has been interviewed by hundreds of major media--including multiple times on everything from The Today Show to NPR's Talk of the Nation, from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times, from Time to Cosmopolitan.


  • In 29th year as career coach. Has served 5,000 clients and enjoys a 96% client satisfaction rate.
  • U.S. News & World Report called him "career coach extraordinaire."
  • The San Francisco Bay Guardian named him "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach."
  • Regular contributor to
  • Wrote 20 essays for's Ideas section.
  • Wrote the Big Idea feature for
  • Wrote the Working it Out column for
  • Was Contributing Editor for U.S. News & World Report.
  • His column appeared for three years on the front page of the special section of the Sunday Los Angeles Times and for six years on the front page of a section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • His book, Cool Careers for Dummies was the #1-rated career guide in a Readers Choice poll and reached #2 on the Wall Street Journal national business bestseller list.
  • In 28th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on an NPR affiliate in San Francisco.
  • For 2 years, hosted a show on career issues on KGO-AM, one of the most-listened-to stations on the West Coast.
  • Has made 20 appearances as the career and education expert on CNN Headline News' Comcast Local Edition in San Francisco and ten on Bay Area Focus.
  • The one man in a one-man nationwide PBS-TV Pledge Drive Special: 8 Keys to a Better Worklife.
  • A frequent guest on CNN, ABC, PBS, and NPR and has appeared on the Today Show (twice), CBS's Early Show, Oprah and Friends, and NPR's Talk of the Nation (twice.), ABC-TV's 20-20, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
  • 27 years as the regular career and education expert on The Ronn Owens Program, one of California's top-rated talk shows.
  • Toastmasters International names one non-member as Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty was a winner.
  • The primary source for dozens of articles, from the New York Times to Nature.
  • Holds a Ph.D.from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently taught there.


  • Holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley. Specialization: evaluation of innovative programs. Advisor: Michael Scriven.
  • Subsequently taught in the U.C. Davis and then U.C.Berkeley Graduate School of Education.
  • Been a consultant to 15 college presidents.
  • Was senior author of California's public schools accreditation procedures.
  • A member of the WASC (accreditation commission for the western states) task force on increasing higher education public accountability and transparency.
  • Has been a consultant to such entities as Consumer Reports and the Educational Testing Service.
  • His first book, How to Get Your Child a Private School Education in a Public School, was named one of the year's Ten Musts by the American School Board Association.
  • His next book, How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University, was the only college guide of eight reviewed to receive an A rating from Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. Former U.S.Secretary of Education, Terrel Bell, called the book, "A tremendous service to students and parents. Thorough, reliable, and remarkably helpful."
  • Been the primary source for dozens of articles, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and Time.
  • Appears frequently as an education expert on major radio and TV shows.
  • His articles on education have been published in the New York Times syndicate, the Chronicle of Higher Education (selected by The Week magazine as one of the best columns in the U.S.,) Change, and as cover stories in Family Circle, and the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine. He's even written a number of features for CosmoGirl.
  • In 28th year as host of a National Public Radio-San Francisco show that frequently covers education.
  • Has given eight addresses (two broadcast) at theCommonwealth Club one of the nation's most prestigious public affairs forums.
  • Was the Guest Blogger in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • In ABC-TV's Summit on Education, was introduced as "an education consumer advocate, the Ralph Nader of Education." He was accorded the same appellation by KCBS Radio.
  • Instructor, Foundations of Patient Care, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.


  • First job was as a professional pianist, among the world's youngest barroom piano players. (Picture a most callow-14-year old in a bar in the Bronx leading a bunch of drunks in a chorus of When Irish Eyes are Smiling.)
  • Second job was as a New York City cab driver.
  • Avocationally, he is a playwright, actor and director. As director, his production of Same Time Next Year won the Roar of the Crowd award as the Bay Area's favorite entertainment. He won the Chanticleers Best Director Award both for Same Time Next Year and for directing Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. He is past President of the Board of Chanticleers Theatre.
  • He has had major acting roles in Bay Area productions of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky, and played the villain in an old-time melodrama.
  • He has written four screenplays and four stage plays.
  • He plays show tunes, standards, ragtime, and sing-along piano as pre-show music at community theatres.
  • A previous avocation was breeding roses that needn't be sprayed with fungicides (three of his varieties are in commerce) .
  • He is a member of Mensa and writes a monthly column in The Intelligencer.
  • Is a member of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Men and Boys.
  • He is married to Dr. Barbara Nemko, winner of her region's Schools Superintendent of the Year, her California state congressional district's Woman of the Year, and member of the California State Supt. of School's cabinet. They acted opposite each other in both Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. They have one child, who, after being a researcher for Hillary Clinton in the White House, attended Yale Law School, is now Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, DC.
  • He loves his dog, Einstein, whose name is false advertising: He's dumb as dirt but sweet as they come.

Marty Nemko can be reached by e-mail at media may also reach him at 510-655-2777.

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