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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She produces local content for Morning Edition and 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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Update, 2:47 p.m.: Northern Wise, northern Denton, and southern Cooke counties received the most rain today, in some places, up to 11 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh tells KERA.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: there’s a flash flood watch for most of North Texas, the candidates for lieutenant governor take sides on Congress’ latest immigration bill, new photos of an old German war ship off the Texas coast, and more.


Today marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch. If your history is fuzzy, that's the mission that took astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to the moon. Aldrin says he was "out of town" on July 20, 1969, and missed the world's celebration of their lunar landing, and now he wants to know where everyone was that Sunday when he and Armstrong set foot on the moon.  

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Back in May, Andrew Chifari of Dallas made headlines when he ordered the most expensive Starbucks drink and ended up getting it for free. Well since then, his record has been broken – several times, in fact.  

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UPDATE, July 16, 6:17 a.m.: The Associated Press reports Jose Antonio Vargas has been released by U.S. Border Patrol agents after being detained at McAllen/Miller International Airport Tuesday morning.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the verdict -- for now -- on Denton’s proposed fracking ban, meet the young mayor of Archer City, a 220-ton cyclotron will deliver proton therapy to North Texas cancer patients, and more.

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The fist bump heard around the Twittersphere has quite the story and something of a legacy behind it.

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One of every four kids who’ve crossed the border illegally in the last year or so is from Honduras and Texas has become ground zero in this latest immigration surge.

Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News went to Honduras to find out why and KERA’s vice president of news Rick Holter caught up with him.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A judge temporarily halts Arlington’s sidewalk ordinance aimed at Open Carry Tarrant County, the first potential fracking ban in the state is up for vote in Denton, Wichita Falls residents weigh in on their drinking water, and more.

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If the states were ranked by food and drink, Texas would be in second place. And it is, at least according to Thrillist.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Temperatures officially hit 100 degrees for the first time this year, educators begin training for a school marshal license, North Texans spotted a double meteor, and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tesla is looking at Dallas County for a possible gigafactory, but faces competition; new TEXpress lanes set to open in I-35 this weekend; a new study shines a light on sexual assault at universities; and more.  

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A new stretch of TEXpress toll lanes will open Saturday on I-35E. It’s the second segment of so-called managed lanes in the $2.7 billion LBJ Express Project


The numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped in the last few months, in part because of gang violence in Central America. But the violence isn’t the only driving factor behind the recent migration. Alfredo Corchado is in Honduras, covering the story for The Dallas Morning News. He tells NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep rumors spread by smugglers are also pulling children to the border.


DFW International Airport became a playground for two travelers in a video that has gone viral.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: President Obama makes a quick stop in Dallas to meet with local leaders; two facilities for the 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children coming to Dallas County aren’t ready; Wichita Falls begins recycling wastewater; and more.


In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

State Attorney General Greg Abbott, Senator Wendy Davis, and Senator Leticia Van De Putte all vowed to make education their top issue in the November election. All three spoke at a statewide teachers meeting today in Fort Worth.


In today's Morning Edition local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

In this week's Vital Signs, Sam Baker talks with Parkland nutritionist Navin Hariprasad  about the benefits and drawbacks of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. 

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Local groups of gay Republicans were refused booth space at an upcoming state GOP convention. Shelley Kofler has that story.


In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Lauren Silverman  talks with the author of a study on alcohol and drugs among young Mexican-American immigrants.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Sam Baker talks with Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey about what’s ahead for the statewide fall elections.


In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Lauren Silverman talks to a few voters at an Oak Cliff polling station before polls close at 7 p.m. Also, Eric Aasen talks with the new president of the Boy Scouts, who says that he's not planning to end the organization's ban on gay adult leaders.


In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Republican Pat Hardy's seat on the State Board of Education is one of several races heading to the run-off election tomorrow. And a group of veterans from the 103rd Infantry Division meet up in Gainesville. The group helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Last night, the Dallas school board approved a dramatic new way to evaluate teachers. Stella Chavez has the story from that marathon meeting. Also, Doualy Xaykaothao visits two public pools opening in Fort Worth this weekend, and one of them was built in the 1920’s.

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As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, there’s been a sharp jump in the number of women returning from front-line duty. Kim Olson, a veteran herself, runs a North Texas nonprofit that focuses on these women – it’s called Grace After Fire. She sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for today’s Friday Conversation.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Contributor Quin Mathews hangs out with the young members of Mariachi Los Unicos during their set at the House of Blues. Also, Doualy Xaykaothao talks to a Texas economic policy expert who's more known for his love of Godzilla.

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In today's Morning Edition local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

Lauren Silverman visits an innovative class at UT Arlington which trains seniors to avoid falls. Also, there's another tussle between the candidates for Texas governor -- this time, over debates. And Stella Chavez walks through the Allen football stadium that's been closed because of structural problems.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

The runoff elections are coming up May 27 and early voting is underway. Before you head to the voting booth, get up to speed on the various races by listening to our KERA News Election Special.

Erich Schlegel / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In today’s All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

The Bush Presidential Center hosted a major seminar on the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. As Bill Zeeble reports, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke headlined, and former president George W. Bush moderated.

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In today’s All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Three decades ago, Republican Dan Patrick spent time in a psychiatric hospital, but should that matter? Shelley Kofler checks in with Patrick supporters and talks to a legislator battling bipolar disorder.