Former New Orleans ‘Action Reporter’ Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 


Ed Marten, who spent more than 15 years in local television as an anchor and “Action Reporter” at two local stations including WWL-TV, died Monday after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Marten had battled multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer, for the past two years, according to his wife, Molly.

A native of Galveston, Texas who grew up in the Slidell area, Marten (whose professional name was a shortened version of his given name Martensson) began his broadcasting career in radio in Monroe, Louisiana, before station managers asked him to consider switching to television. More…