Merki attended the schools in Oberrohrdorf and Fislisbach as well as the college in Freiburg. He trained as a commercial publisher and was an editor at the Aargauer Volksblatt , the Luzerner Neusten Nachrichten (1968–1973), the Vaterland (1973–1991), the Luzerner Zeitung (1991–1995) and the Neue Luzerner Zeitung (1995–1996) . Above all, he became a formative figure in local politics.
Regionally, he was particularly known for his Remarks column , which was published once a week; later also as a book.
From 1956 to 1959 he was secretary of the Swiss Young Guard Association and a member of the central committee of the cantonal Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP) . In 1972 he was a co-founder and from 1987 to 1995 President of Dampferfreunde Vierwaldstättersee .
He was married and had four children.
- Rahel Schnüriger: journalistic heavyweight died. In: Neue Luzerner Zeitung . 5th April 2014
- Pirmin Meier : With Martin Merki there is a political head who never cheaply conformed to the majority. In: lu-wahlen.ch. April 7, 2014
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Merki-Vollenwyder, Martin|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Swiss journalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 7, 1931|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Oberrohrdorf|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 4, 2014|
|Place of death||Lucerne|