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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.

Ways to Connect

Want to get clued into the region's most interesting stories in less than 10 minutes? KERA 90.1 FM has launched a twice-a-day local news segment from the KERA newsroom. The 10-minute segments air weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Click below to listen to Tuesday evening's edition, which includes a feature on the North Texas writers who are taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge. Also, famed architect Renzo Piano chats about his latest creation: the Piano Pavilion. We look to the skies later this month for what’s been dubbed the “Comet of the Year”, and we’ll hear from a North Texan who met and mourned President Kennedy – all in one day. 

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The government shutdown generated national headlines, but it affected Dallas-Fort Worth and the rest of Texas, too. Initially, about 800,000 federal workers were forced off the job. On Oct. 16, Congress approved a bill to end the 16-day shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history Here’s the latest:

Update, 10:23 a.m. Fri., Oct. 25: The government has been open for more than a week, but some federal workers in Dallas-Fort Worth are suffering from "wounded morale, disillusionment and uncertainty about the stability of once highly sought after government jobs," The Dallas Morning News reports. Experienced government lawyers are looking for new jobs -- and employees worry about future paychecks.

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The wedding ceremony is steeped in ritual: the vows, the rings, the cake and, of course, the dress. What does that formula tell us about our culture? At noon on ‘Think,’ we’ll explore what weddings say about us with Karen M. Dunak, author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America .

Check out this twist on the traditional wedding act of the bouquet toss, made possible with Photoshop. Note: No cats were actually harmed.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst calls for President Obama’s impeachment, closing arguments in Mark Cuban’s insider-trading case, an early flu death and more.

Want to get clued into the region's most interesting stories in less than 10 minutes? Last week, KERA 90.1 FM launched a twice-a-day local news segment from the KERA newsroom. The 10-minute segments air weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Click below to listen to Tuesday morning's edition, which includes a look at new technology to reduce operating room infections; Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst’s calls for Obama’s impeachment; and a conversation with former Republican party chair Tom Pauken on his uphill campaign for governor.

The Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government functioning past a Monday night deadline, NPR reports. But it removed language to defund the Affordable Care Act -- the cause that Sen. Ted Cruz built his 21-hour talk-a-thon on Wednesday. The resolution goes next to the House of Representatives, where its future is murky.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas is in the movie spotlight tonight, a person of interest is in custody in connection with the Fair Park serial rapist case, the final investigative report for DISD is due today, and more.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Sen. Wendy Davis' father Jerry Russell dies, Dallas police are on the defense, China has a love for pecans and more.


“It’s Chelsea, not Brad.” That’s what Army Private Chelsea Manning declared after she was convicted and sentenced to military prison as Bradley Manning for her role in leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. Chelsea is one of the estimated 700,000 Americans who identify as transgender: people whose gender identity or expression is different than the sex that is listed on their birth certificate. At noon on KERA 90.1, three members of North Texas' transgender community join Think host Krys Boyd to school us on preferred terms, the distinctions between gender identity and sexual orientation, and to share how they, their families, and their friends dealt with the change.

Dropout prevention programs focus on keeping students in school, but what about the ones who have already left? 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas police on the hunt for a serial rapist, a whooping cough outbreak plagues Tarrant County, a Fort Worth museum gets a heavy artifact, and more.

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Where are the bodies from the graves at the Dozier Boys School, a former reform school in south Florida in the news for reported beatings, going for research? The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Discovering the boys' identities and how some of them died will be part of a day's work for researchers at the center. We'll find out about advances in forensic science that lend hope to solving this case and so many others at noon as Think host Krys Boyd talks to Dr. Art Eisenberg,  Chair of the Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: rejected Medicaid expansion will be costly for Texans, Time Warner Cable and CBS reach a deal, North Texans see wage increases (but not as much as others) and more.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: West hopes to push past tragedy, a surprising study on Texas drivers, getting Dallas children past nature fears, and more.

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Did the victories of feminism spawn underachieving boys? In an effort to level the playing field for all, how did boys fall behind? We’ll talk at noon with Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men." / George Burns

Five stories that have North Texas talking: MegaFest brings the crowds (and extra traffic) to town, Texas Democrats scout for suitable candidates for the gubernatorial ticket, deer take over a North Texas town and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Farmers Branch legal maneuvers anger Hispanic leaders, DISD's cost-cutting efforts turn sour for some parents, the March On Washington turns 50 today, and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Texas Supreme Court will hear two cases of same-sex divorce, MegaFest 2013 will come to Dallas this week, and two Texans take home moonmen at the MTV Video Music Awards.

ESPN's Summer X-Games will complete its last run in Los Angeles this weekend before it moves to Texas. Austin will house the X-Games for the next three years, which could bring a positive economic impact to the city. L.A. benefited from it in 2010 with a cool $30 million alone


Five stories that have North Texas talking: North Texas welcomes August with triple-digit temps, Texas makes big money off of “sins," Texas researchers hack a yacht, and more.

Scientists at the University of Houston are working on a new method of finding oil and gas deposits. By using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing, Dr. Shuhab Khan and his team have already combed areas of North Texas and Oklahoma. But they're not looking for oil oozing out of the earth. Instead, they're looking for tiny hydrocarbon leaks in rock to find oil.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: a federal court rules Farmers Branch's immigrant renter law unconstitutional, a U.S. senator calls for stricter regulations for rollercoasters, and a Texas musician revives a nearly-extinct genre of fiddling.

A recent study discovered that geography has a big effect on whether children will rise into a higher income bracket than their parents. The New York Times calculates the chances that a child will rise from the bottom fifth percentile of income to the top fifth. The number in the Dallas area is 6.4 percent; kids in the Fort Worth area have a better shot, at 8.8 percent. Some of the study’s findings also concluded that geography mattered less for well-off children than for middle-class and low-income children.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas Giant accident raises concerns over park safety, why you need a drink with that cigarette, cakes coming out of ATM machines, and more.

Almost a third of college students will transfer schools at least once within five years, and many opt to go to Texas. The U.S. News and World reports that Texas, Arizona, and California schools are the most popular places for new transfer students. Out of Texas schools, the University of North Texas, Texas State University and the University of Houston had the highest transfer acceptance rates.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a new program provides safe alternatives to calling 911, Nelson Mandela gets a Texas-sized birthday party, The Daily Show rips on Texas, and more.

Stephen Paulsen, 54, resigned as principal of Arlington's Morton Elementary School after his arrest in Florida
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  An Arlington elementary school principal was arrested on Tuesday in Boynton Beach, Fla., on charges of soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a teenage boy online. WFAA reports that Stephen A. Paulsen, 54, resigned as principal of Morton Elementary School the next day.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Rick Perry signs hotly contested House Bill 2 into law, another big cat succumbs to feline distemper in Wylie, Fort Worth scrambles to fix a really expensive mistake, and more.

Most police agencies are using license plate scanners, but that's not what has the ACLU worried. A new report finds that some departments, like the Grapevine Police Department, have accumulated millions of scans and have been storing that data for years.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz stands shoulder to shoulder with a Democrat to the delight and despair of pundits everywhere, North Texans are getting sick from unwashed fruits and veggies, Lone Star State-made sake could be the next big thing and more.