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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 top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tuesday's the last day to protest your property tax appraisal.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas minister Robert Jeffress delivered the opening prayer during Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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Jared Kushner, a top advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, will be in Texas Friday.

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After 33 years watching rockets blast off for NASA, Lesa Roe is presiding over a different kind of launch this week. It's her first commencement weekend as chancellor of the University of North Texas system.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Preliminary results are out from this spring's STAAR tests. According to The Dallas Morning News, fifth- and eighth-graders in Texas made improvements at every performance level in the math section.

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The Dallas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the city's first comprehensive housing policy. It's designed to address the shortage of affordable housing and break up concentrations of poverty in the city.

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The Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on its first comprehensive housing policy.

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Funeral services for Dallas philanthropist Margaret McDermott will be held Tuesday morning at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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North Texas voters weighed in on a number of local issues in Saturday's elections.

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With the National Rifle Association's annual meeting kicking into high gear today in Dallas, KERA sat down for Friday Conversations with two women on opposite sides of the gun debate. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: All lanes of the Dallas North Tollway were shut down early Thursday morning near Northwest Highway. An 18-wheeler struck a concrete barrier and spilled fuel.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Main Street in Fort Worth will be shut down most of Wednesday because of a train derailment.

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Funeral services begin later this morning for Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander. The 27 year-old died last week of injuries after he was shot during a confrontation with a shoplifter at a Home Depot store.

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Members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will join President Trump in a prayer service at the White House Thursday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of people last night gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn a Dallas police officer.

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It’s been six months since Ed Jamison came to Dallas as the head of the city’s Animal Services Department.  That milestone came days after a woman was mauled by four loose dogs in South Dallas. She survived, but the attack again highlighted the longstanding problem of loose dogs in that area.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A public candlelight vigil's scheduled Thursday night to honor Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander.

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Dallas City Council remains undecided on what to do with a few existing Confederate landmarks.

In a meeting Wednesday, council members delayed a vote on whether to demolish the Confederate War Memorial at Pioneer Park Cemetery — and whether to remove the base where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once stood from Oak Lawn Park.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities say two Dallas police officers are in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Council member Tom Harrison faced a public hearing Monday over controversial social media posts.

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Early voting begins today for the May 5 local elections. Check out our voter’s guide here.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Thousands of students across North Texas are expected to walk out of school Friday as part of the National School Walkout.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center is celebrating its fifth birthday with a star-studded leadership forum that ends Friday night with a keynote speech from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Bush Center president and CEO Ken Hersh says bringing Bezos to Dallas at a time when President Trump's been criticizing him on Twitter — and Dallas is on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters — was a coincidence.

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The four-year-old UNT Dallas College of Law is about to get a new dean. Felecia Epps comes from Florida A&M University, which faced similar challenges with getting its would-be lawyers to pass the bar exam.

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As students across the state continue STAAR exams Thursday, the head of the Texas Education Agency has announced he may not count the test scores against annual ratings for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As standardized testing continues Wednesday across the state, officials say technical issues experienced Tuesday should be resolved.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Councilman Tom Harrison will face a special recall election in November. He drew criticism from residents and his council colleagues for sharing a Facebook post that promoted a ban on Islam in schools. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas National Guard deployed hundreds of troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend. Gov. Greg Abbott praised President Trump's order in an appearance this morning on Fox & Friends.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Eastbound I-30 is closed right now while hazmat crews clean up a fuel spill. An 18-wheeler exploded after crashing into another vehicle around 5:45 a.m. this morning. The truck driver was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He later died.

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The midterm elections have been a priority this year in the U.S., but the country also has a stake in the presidential election in Mexico. North Texas has more Mexican citizens eligible to vote there than anywhere else in the U.S. except Los Angeles.

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