Justin Martin | KERA News

Justin Martin

All Things Considered Host

Justin Martin is KERA’s local host of All Things Considered, anchoring afternoon newscasts for KERA 90.1 & KXT 91.7. 

Justin grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and avidly listened to the Voice of America and National Public Radio whenever stateside. He graduated from the American Broadcasting School, and further polished his skills with radio veteran Kris Anderson of the Mighty 690 fame, a 50,000 watt border-blaster operating out of Tijuana, Mexico. Justin has worked as holiday anchor for the USA Radio Network, serving the U.S. Armed Forces Network. He’s also hosted, produced, and engineered several shows, including the Southern Gospel Jubilee on 660 KSKY.

Justin lives in Dallas with his pets and lovingly cultivates his addiction to coffee, classic video games, and all things technology.

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Emily Dragoo, center, a teacher at Apollo Jr. High, hands out food to Richardson Independent School District families at a distribution site in Dallas in May.
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For families on the financial edge, the pandemic is making life that much harder — but especially for children.

KERA's Justin Martin talked about the challenges facing these families with Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of the education nonprofit Children At Risk.

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COVID-19 is affecting nonprofits that help people in need. About 40 million people nationwide have filed for unemployment during the pandemic — meaning many nonprofits will likely face their biggest challenges yet.

Justin Martin talked about this with Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County.

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From lockdowns to unemployment to reopening, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is taking a deep dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mental health.

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The latest numbers show a staggering 30 million Americans filed for unemployment in recent weeks, with 2.1 million of them in Texas. For a big chunk of those people, in the middle of a pandemic, that means a scramble to find health care — and health insurance. 

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Many Americans are trying to work from home while shelter-in-place orders keep them out of the workplace.

But that's not an option for everyone. In fact, about 22 million people filed for unemployment in recent weeks, including a lot of Texans with jobs that have all but disappeared.

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Due to COVID-19, many homeowners in North Texas are out of work and wondering how they're going to pay the mortgage. One option allows them to delay those payments.  

As a part of KERA's One Crisis Away series "Coronavirus and Life on the Financial Edge," Dallas Morning News real estate editor Steve Brown talks about "mortgage forbearance."

Texas Army National Guardsmen put together a hospital bed as they set up a field hospital in response to the new coronavirus crisis at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Dallas.
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It's all hands on deck in the quest to cope with the coronavirus. Scientists, governments, nonprofits, retired doctors are all scrambling to help. So are data scientists — like those at the Parkland Center For Clinical Innovation.

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Shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns due to the coronavirus have contributed to a 1,500% increase in unemployment claims. Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for benefits last week.

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Researchers all over the world are scrambling to figure out the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Dr. John Schoggins, a professor of medical research at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, is part of an international team that's looking into a protein produced by the human immune system that could inhibit COVID-19.

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is designed to lift low income workers out of poverty, but new research from the 'Institute On Taxation & Economic Policy shows the tax credit is excluding people in need.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is reconsidering some of its routes, and that could affect service to people who’ve come to rely on it. KERA's Justin Martin talked about the potential changes with reporter Juan Pablo Garnham, who's been covering the issue for The Texas Tribune.

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Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — about 20,000 people are moving there each year.  But the growth is especially pronounced in Far North Fort Worth — and officials are grappling with how to handle it.

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A new report shows that a serious gulf still exists in Texas between funding for flagship state universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ashley Williams with the nonprofit center for public policy priorities talked with KERA's Justin Martin about how this funding gap affects students.

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Young people used to see ads about alcohol only in magazines and on TV — but these days the new frontier is digital — platforms like social media and video games. A team in North Texas is working on a new way to combat underage drinking — with a focus on parents.

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A major initiative that aims to connect students with jobs is now underway in Dallas. Mayor Eric Johnson is launching a new program called Dallas Works. The goal of the project is simple — to help students find jobs this summer.

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In North America alone, about 14 million households struggled to find food in 2018. There are many different reasons why — everything from poverty to a lack of transportation — but Miguel Acevdeo from the University of North Texas is focused on the source of the food itself — water and soil.

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Hundreds of people walked the streets of Dallas last Thursday to count how many people are homeless in the city. The results will be directly connected to federal funding to help find solutions for the homeless community.

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Spend some time on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas, and you may see some robots roaming around. They're on a mission: delivering food and snacks to hungry students, staff and faculty — for a $1.99 delivery fee.

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In response to the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, a new program at the University of Texas at Arlington is training graduate social work students to be addiction recovery specialists. 

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A growing number of people in the state don't have a place to live.  According to the latest figures, nearly 26,000 people in Texas are homeless — and Dallas has the largest homeless population in the state.

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Millions of people track their activities through wearable devices like the Apple Watch or Fitbit. Now a team at Tarleton State University in Stephenville is monitoring cattle using the same technology. 

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A new Brookings Institute report shows 53 million Americans are low-wage workers. Martha Ross, one of the report's authors, talked with KERA's Justin Martin about the struggles these workers face.

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From the struggle for food and shelter to overcoming childhood trauma, homeless young people in North Texas are up against many obstacles. 

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Having a strained relationship with a family member may be tougher on your mental health than a troubled romantic relationship, according to a new study in the Journal of Family Psychology.

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Virtual reality has advanced significantly in recent years. What was once mostly for video games and entertainment is now being used as a teaching tool — including for surgical training. Southern Methodist University Professors Eric Bing and Anthony Cuevas are leading a team that's using virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia to treat cervical cancer. 

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that 10 tornadoes hit North Texas Sunday night. After having more time to assess the severe weather this week, officials determined that tornadoes touched down in Dallas, Rockwall, Rowlett, Allen, Kaufman County, Ellis County and Van Zandt County.

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African Americans are twice as likely to suffer from sudden cardiac death compared to whites — that rate is triple for black women. A new study published in the Dallas-based American Heart Association’s journal 'Circulation' shows that risk might be tied to income and education disparities.

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Most of us avoid difficult discussions about faith, politics and other touchy subjects and for good reason — who wants to get into an argument? SMU professor Jill DeTemple says those conversations are vital, and she's teaching students and academics around the country how to have them without fighting. She talked with KERA's Justin Martin. 

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Homeless people in North Texas face a mountain of obstacles on the path to financial stability and often the largest setback comes from a small expense — think steel-toed boots for a factory job or an application fee for an apartment. About four years ago, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance created a fund aimed at helping low-income families meet these needs. 

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More than 100 people die every day from an opioid overdose, and millions of Americans are struggling with addiction. Scott Walters is with the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth — and he's leading a new effort aimed at trying to attack the opioid crisis.

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