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Alejandra Martinez

Report For America Corps Member

Alejandra Martinez is a reporter for KERA and The Texas Newsroom through Report for America (RFA). She's covering the impact of COVID-19 and its associated economic fallout on marginalized communities.

Before joining KERA, Ale was a producer at WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station where she covered immigration, marginalized communities, and the local arts scene. She would book, write, and produce stories for and the station’s daily talk show, “Sundial,” and she was part of Public Radio International’s (PRI) “Every 30 Seconds” election project, a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

Alejandra is no stranger to Texas. A native Texan, she began her broadcast career working with KUT, Austin’s NPR station, first as an intern and later a producer. Ale participated in NPR’s Next-Generation Radio project, a week-long journalism boot camp, where she covered Houston’s recovery post-Hurricane Harvey in 2018.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism in 2017.

If you’d like to connect with Ale or simply see what she’s reading about, listening to or covering follow her on Twitter — @_martinez_ale.

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Keren Carrion / KERA News

The killing of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, 20, has sparked a nationwide controversy about sexual assault and harassment in the military.

In a press conference on Monday in front of Dallas City Hall, local Hispanic advocates said the community needs to show their support for Guillén. They urged the North Texas community to attend Tuesday's candlelight vigil in memory of Guillén.

Rex Nelson said that Fourth of July fireworks show cancellations have led to booming sales.
Keren Carrion / KERA News

Fourth of July fireworks shows across Texas have been canceled or modified due to COVID-19.

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After weeks of protests, the Dallas Police Department is making changes. Chief Reneé Hall announced Tuesday that the department will now release videos when police shoot people or are accused of using excessive force within 72 hours of someone being hurt or dying. The policy also applies to deaths in police custody.

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Dressed in rainbow attire, hundreds of protesters gathered at Oak Lawn Park in Dallas for a Pride for Black Lives Matters rally. 

They held up signs that read “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “No pride for any of us without liberation for all of us.” 

Photographer Steven Briggs / Courtesy of The Nines

The windows of the bar The Nines in Deep Ellum remain boarded up. They’ve been like this since the start of the pandemic. 

Even when bars across the state of Texas reopened five weeks ago, The Nines’ owner Allen Falkner said he left them up because he expected another shutdown. 

Opal Lee, 93, opens her front door and warmly greets her new visitor.
Alejandra Martinez / KERA

Inside a historic red-brick home in Fort Worth, 93-year-old Opal Lee, her granddaughter and volunteers answer calls, shift papers and walk back and forth from the library to the dining room as they plan for this year’s socially-distant celebration of Juneteenth. 

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North Texas LGBTQ advocates are celebrating Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sexual discrimination in the workforce. In a 6-3 vote, the court ruled that LGBTQ employees can't be fired because of their sexual orientation. 

Senator John Cornyn listened for more than an hour to law enforcement, faith, community and civil rights leaders discuss police reform.
Alejandra Martinez / KERA

At a discussion in Dallas on police reform, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said it's important for police departments to be transparent and be held accountable, while working to build trust with communities.

Minster Sammy Berry stands at the podium in Dallas West Church of Christ.
Alejandra Martinez / KERA News

The recent Black Lives Matter protests across the world have sparked conversations about racism and police brutality at a historic West Dallas church.

"What George Floyd did was remind me that we still have a problem in this country that has not been addressed," said Sammie Berry, a minister at Dallas West Church of Christ.

LM Otero / Associated Press

This week, thousands of people across Texas protested police killings of black Americans — sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While some violent confrontations broke out between police and demonstrators, the vast majority of Texans participated peacefully. 

The nonprofit CHILDREN AT RISK gathered online for a discussion with community leaders working for social justice called Coronavirus & Race: Inequities in Health.
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A group of North Texas community leaders working for social justice held a virtual conversation, addressing COVID-19's disproportionate impact on communities of color. One of the key takeaways was the need to track data by both race and ethnicity.