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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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Texas Senator John Cornyn said he's supporting fellow Senator Ted Cruz for re-election next year. The Senate Majority Whip also said he's running for re-election in 2020.

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The nation came to know Dr. Brian Williams in the days after July 7, 2016. He was working at Parkland Hospital that night when wounded police officers were brought into his operating room.

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San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking another term as Texas House Speaker in the 2019 session. But at their retreat this weekend, Texas Republican caucus chairs will discuss ways to oust him.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: High school students from Richardson ISD got to rub shoulders with Grammy award winners for a career day event organized by the Grammy Museum.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: City officials are closing the downtown Dallas shelter hosting Hurricane Harvey evacuees today.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Traffic’s been tied up for hours along northbound I-35E thanks to a truck that lost its load of chicken parts.

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About 115 people showed up at Lee Park in Dallas Saturday to protest the city's recent decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Flood experts, state officials and meteorologists are starting to get the full scope of Hurricane Harvey's behavior and the cost of damage it inflicted on the Texas Coast.

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After President Trump's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this week, we've heard voices from big cities like Dallas and Houston.

Former NPR journalist Tasneem Raja has been collecting stories of people in Tyler who were brought into the country illegally as children for her news startup, The Tyler Loop

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A restraining order against the state's ban on second-trimester abortions has been extended until Nov. 2, when a court will hear a lawsuit brought by Whole Women’s Health and other reproductive rights advocacy groups.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott this morning is expected to announce a new commission to help the Texas Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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President Trump’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program affects about 120,000 Texans who have legal protections from DACA.

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Hurricane Harvey has been tough for most in Houston, but even tougher for immigrants without papers. Stella Chavez caught up with an undocumented couple whose rental house in South Houston was trashed by flooding.

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The Houston Astros played a double-header against the New York Mets over the weekend. Fans say the games were a welcome distraction from the Harvey cleanup. KERA's Stella Chavez was there for the first home games.

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About 700 people spent the night Thursday at the shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Caring for evacuees after a natural disaster presents a huge medical challenge, which Dr. Ray Fowler of UT Southwestern Medical Center knows well.   

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A slew of laws take effect today in Texas, including a ban on texting while driving. However, some high-profile laws were temporarily blocked earlier this week by federal judges. 

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With the skies finally clearing over the Houston area, residents are getting their first chance to survey the damage and catalogue what was lost.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: $25 million dollars is now “immediately available” to help Texas repair flood-damaged roads and bridges in the aftermath of Harvey.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As Hurricane Harvey hurtles towards the Texas coast, communities are bracing for impact. North Texas is preparing to receive evacuees - and sending help to the coast.

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When folks talk about tech accelerators and entrepreneurship, the images that usually spring to mind are of sparkling Silicon Valley campuses or hip downtown live/work lofts.

Michelle Williams is dedicated to bringing that spirit to southern Dallas. She's leading a branch of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center opening soon as part of the re-imagined Red Bird Mall.

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The Texas Association of School Boards say personal information of thousands of teachers across the state may have been exposed online.

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Ed Jamison will be the new director for Dallas Animal Services. The former chief animal control officer in Cleveland will begin his new gig in October.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The first day of school is always a big deal. It was even bigger for North Texas science teachers with yesterday's historic solar eclipse.

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Earlier this year, KERA sponsored an essay contest for high school students across North Texas. The assignment: Draw inspiration from a poem by Maya Angelou to talk about race relations in the U.S.

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Thousands protested against white supremacy over the weekend at Dallas City Hall plaza. Similar rallies took place across the state. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: At a special meeting tonight, the Dallas school board will consider asking voters for more money through a tax ratification election this fall.  

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A statue of Robert E. Lee was at the center of the white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cities across the U.S., including Dallas, are now renewing debate on what to do with existing Confederate memorials.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A state lawmaker from Dallas wants a Confederate plaque near his capitol office removed immediately.

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The special legislative session was scheduled to end today. Instead, state lawmakers went home early.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The board of Dallas County Schools today will meet to formally call an election on whether to abolish the agency.

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