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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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No doubt about it: North Texas is car country. The League of American Bicyclists ranked the 70 biggest U.S. cities in share of bike commuters, and four of the bottom 12 were in North Texas. Dallas came in at No. 65, and the city's new bike czar, Ashley Haire, is determined to change that. She sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week's Friday Conversation.

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A special report from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested today on charges of bribery, conspiracy, and tax fraud. Bill Zeeble breaks down the indictment as well as the events that led up to his arrest, and county officials and constituents react.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

North Texas-based Southwest Airlines and American Airlines posted record earnings.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

Since news of Tesla possibly building a battery factory in southern Dallas County, eyes are on a private area of industrial land known as the 'Inland Port.'


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

A new report on children's well-being is out and Texas ranked pretty low.

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The Malaysia Airlines tragedy last week has rocked the world of AIDS research. An international AIDS conference started Sunday with a tribute to the half-dozen researchers who died on Flight 17. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cyclospora is back, Planned Parenthood plans to drop big money to support Texas Democrats, an alternative to sticking wet smartphones in rice, and more.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

Governor Rick Perry announced his plans to reinforce the border with 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard, but two Catholic bishops have questions for him.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Rick Perry is expected to make an announcement about border security this afternoon,  a Texan was one of two Americans killed in Gaza fighting over the weekend, it’s been 45 years since the first sighting of the “Lake Worth Monster,” and more.


70-year-old Texas blues and rock legend Johnny Winter died in Switzerland earlier this week. He was a few months away from releasing his new studio album, Step Back.  KERA’s executive producer Jeff Whittington talked about Winter’s career with writer Joe Nick Patoski.


Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed the first cases of West Nile virus of the season. 

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President Obama addressed the nation about the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine. Catch up with NPR's coverage of the story. And here's the video stream from PBS NewsHour:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Collin County wishes it had received some of the 10-inch downpours from yesterday’s storms, an old Disney billboard is up for auction, restaurant owners have some beef with Mary Kay convention-goers, and more.

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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.

The National Weather Service

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.