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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She wakes up bright and early to produce local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. 

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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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee today will hold a hearing on a bill that would redefine the “practice of psychology.” It’s a response to last year’s court ruling that found parts of the state's current definition overly broad and unconstitutional.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: ESPN and several local media outlets are reporting Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is retiring from the game and going into broadcasting.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today is scheduled to testify in front of the State House Pensions Committee. He told the Dallas Morning News he won’t support legislation meant to save the failing Police and Fire Pension Fund because it binds the city to minimum payments into the system, calling the move a “taxpayer bailout.”

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The NCAA women’s Final Four basketball tournament begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. If you couldn’t score tickets to the games, The Final Four fan zone known as “Tourney Town” opens at 10 a.m. outside the arena.

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman played a role in bringing the tournament to Dallas. In our Friday Conversation, she said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle tapped her at the last minute to pitch the city as a tournament site to the NCAA.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary is in North Texas.Ben Carson is on a multi-city listening tour to hear from people who rely on public housing.

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Early morning storms triggered tornado warnings in parts of Tarrant and Denton Counties. Winds of up to 83 miles per hour caused damage from Rockwall to Keller.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Only a handful of people in Texas can legally use medical marijuana, but one Richardson family hopes to change the law so they’ll no longer have to break it.

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Most of North Texas was under a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch last night. Collin and Denton counties faced the brunt of severe weather.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: An annual homeless count released yesterday found little change in the number of people on the streets in Tarrant and Parker Counties.

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