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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She produces local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina is also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) named Krystina a New Voices scholar in 2016, which is awarded to early career talent shaping the future of public media. Krystina first joined KERA as a freelancer in 2013. She produced for Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Think, contributed stories, produced Ebola coverage and served as the local producer for StoryCorps’ North Texas visit in 2014. Prior to KERA, she interned at NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, D.C.

A North Texas native, Krystina is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. Say hello @ThisIsKrystina.

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Seven additional people in Dallas County have died from the flu - bringing the total for the season to 38.

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The flu outbreak has forced the Bonham school district to cancel classes for the week because too many teachers and students are sick.

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One of the most influential education nonprofits in North Texas has a new leader. Byron Sanders, who's 34 and grew up in southern Dallas, got the CEO job this week at Big Thought, a nonprofit focused on merging education and the arts to create a creative path for kids.

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We may not have seen the worst of the flu season yet. Flu cases typically peak between December and March.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported seven more flu-related deaths in the county, bringing the total number in the county to 18 this season.

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Lupe Valdez kicked off her campaign for governor in Dallas yesterday. She’s among 10 candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the March 6 primary.

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Today is Robert Siegel's last day as host of NPR's All Things Considered. He sat down with KERA in May of 2017, shortly after he announced his impending retirement.

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Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax is now in his second year on the job. In his first 12 months, the city passed a billion-dollar bond package, killed the controversial Trinity Parkway project, hired a new police chief, and replaced some of the city's top brass. 

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Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed nine people have died of the flu this season so far in the county.

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This year's flu season has been particularly bad in Texas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state is experiencing widespread activity of the illness.

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President Trump has cut refugee admissions for fiscal year 2018 by more than half to 45,000 people. This policy shift is already being felt across the country, including Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Democratic Party says it has a candidate running for every congressional seat this year and almost 90 percent of seats in the state Legislature.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 2017 may have been the warmest year on record for North Texas, but it doesn’t feel like it today.

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2017 was a rollercoaster year for news, especially if you were a person of color, a transgender person, an immigrant, or a woman.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Operations at Dallas Love Field are back to normal at this hour after holiday travelers had to evacuate the airport earlier this morning.

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Fort Worth appears to be headed for a reboot. According to a new economic development study,  the city that embraces the nickname "Cowtown" is in danger of becoming "the biggest suburb of Dallas."

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County teen inmates went months, sometimes more than a year, with very little time outdoors.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald yesterday said the sergeant he fired this week had no basis for arresting a woman back in August. That's according to the findings from an internal affairs investigation.

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Marian Brown has been named interim Dallas County sheriff, stepping in for Lupe Valdez, who resigned this month to run for governor.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas County Commissioner's court this morning is scheduled to appoint an interim sheriff.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There's still some impact in Dallas from Sunday's electrical outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

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No part of society is immune to sexual misconduct cases, including religion.

Alia Salem has spent years speaking for the Muslim community in North Texas when she worked with the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

She's now formed Face Abuse In Community Environments (FACE) to spotlight stories of misconduct involving Muslim clergy.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission has dropped a near $2 billion plan to rebuild, expand and add toll lanes to I-635E in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Rangers will investigate alleged sexual misconduct within the state juvenile detention system.

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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Altshuler died last week after complications from breaking her hip. She was 93. 

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One thing is clear: The 2018 midterm elections in Texas will be lively. Democrats have pledged a full-frontal assault on statewide offices, which Republicans have controlled since 1994.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Now that the filing deadline has passed, the March primary elections are taking shape.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tonight's the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in the 2018 elections. An unusual number of retirements by seven members of Congress and some prominent state legislators has triggered a slew of filings for next year's primaries.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush could get a Democratic challenger today.

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Sen. Al Franken's decision to resign and the Dallas Theater Center's firing of Lee Trull are the latest moves in a seemingly nonstop stream of public figures embroiled in sexual harassment controversies. 

"The only thing that's new happening here is that people are getting fired for being harassers," SMU law professor Joanna Grossman says. "The harassment's not new."

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