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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She wakes up bright and early to produce local content for Morning Edition and She also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. 

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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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.