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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard Fisher oversees a huge region from Tallulah, Louisiana to Silver City, New Mexico. He’s also one of the central figures guiding the Fed’s national monetary policy – which plays a key role in everything from international finance to the cost of the house down the street. KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, sits down with Fisher for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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There’s enough signatures to put home-rule on the ballot for Dallas school board elections, but Bill Zeeble reports that the hurdles haven't ended. Also, why secession is just a fantasy for Texas, and the most-loved baby names in the state.

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Lauren Silverman explores long-distance caregiving in chapter two of our Breakthroughs series, “The Broken Hip.” 

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Doualy Xaykaothao reports on the halted execution of Robert James Campbell. Also, Bill Zeeble talks with Rick Seaney of Dallas-based FareCompare.com about recent changes in the airline industry. And filmmaker Quin Matthews has a remembrance of violinist Arkady Fomin.

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

Virgin America wins two gates at Love Field. A New York court finds Dallas philanthropist Sam Wyly guilty of committing civil fraud. Also, Ralph Nader talked with Krys Boyd today on Think about what he sees as a burgeoning alliance between both ends of the political spectrum, and Anne Bothwell sits down with an opera aficionado who is only in first grade.

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Fort Worth veterinarian Lou Tierce was at a hearing in Austin after facing animal cruelty charges last month. Doualy Xaykaothao follows a group of high-schoolers competing in the “Super Bowl” of high school jazz competitions. Also, Eric Aasen shares a bit of little-known Texas history: the story behind some of the state’s strangest town names. And Bonnie & Clyde may have been a bust on Broadway, but WaterTower Theatre will revive the musical for its fall season.

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We’re two and a half weeks away from the May 27 statewide runoff, but there’s also an election Saturday. Dozens of local municipalities will be voting on mayors and city councils, taxes, school boards and bonds. In this week’s Friday Conversation, KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter talks with our political reporter, Shelley Kofler, about Saturday’s top races.

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

We talk with our digital news editor, Eric Aasen, about today’s severe weather. In state politics, another run-off election is getting nasty. Bill Zeeble talks to both Ken Paxton and Dan Branch, who will face each other in the May 27th run-off election for state attorney general. And there’s been more earthquakes in Parker County, west of Fort Worth, than previously thought. SMU seismologists have released new data, but as Doualy Xaykaothao reports, you may not have felt them.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: A run-off debate between Republican state senator Dan Patrick and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst at WFAA-TV became heated today. Shelley Kofler has the story. Bill Zeeble reports on two airlines – Virgin America and Southwest Airlines – vying for the two open gates at Love Field. And a story so good, we had to air it twice: the start of KERA’s “Broken Hips” series. Lauren Silverman will be reporting on this health issue for the next two months. 

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will be fighting for his political life in the May 27th run-off election. He sat down with Shelley Kofler today to talk about the challenge ahead. Also, a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the recent uptick in small earthquakes in Oklahoma. Doualy Xaykaothao talks with Bill Leith, a senior science advisor at USGS. The man who inspired the 2011 movie “Bernie” is released from prison, and Jerome Weeks catches up with two local theater groups who have just announced their fall seasons.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: Wichita Falls, 2 hours northwest of Fort Worth, may become the first city to use wastewater as drinking water. We’ll hear from Shelley Kofler about that process. And what would you say to the person who tried to kill you? New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas was on Think today to share how Rais Bhuiyan faced his attacker, a white supremacist named Mark Stroman.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: We’ve heard from parents, educators, and elected officials on the controversial home-rule plan to remake Dallas schools, but what do students think? Bill Zeeble talks to some students about the changes they want to see. And All Things Considered host Justin Martin talks with Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey about tonight’s lieutenant governor run-off debate.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center celebrated its first birthday on Thursday. The center – whose library hosted a bigger-than-expected 450,000 visitors in the first year – also includes an institute that focuses on six key policy areas. Margaret Spellings, the Bush Center’s president and a former U.S. Education Secretary, sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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