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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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For almost a century, Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus has sold some of the most extravagant holiday gifts on the planet. 

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Former Dallas Mayor Austin Starke Taylor Jr. died Monday.

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The pilot involved in a helicopter crash in Wichita Falls on Saturday claims it “spun out of control” before it crashed a few blocks from United Regional Health Care System.


Dallas-based AT&T suffered a potential security breach involving the data of about 1,600 accounts.


Conn’s Inc. says the company may sell itself as it searches for ways to boost shareholder value.

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Longtime Dallas businessman and philanthropist Comer J. Cottrell has died.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Health officials visit the area where Thomas Eric Duncan had been staying while he visited relatives. We also get an update on the latest Texas abortion ruling that came down Thursday afternoon.

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Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman is facing dual investigations over an alleged sexual assault that took place on Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine.

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A 1,000-pound steer was captured Monday after briefly escaping captivity at the State Fair of Texas.

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Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott of a "cover up" involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor's race.

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Mario, Zelda, and Master Chief have finally found common ground - in Texas. The Video Game History Museum has taken its operation to the next level with a permanent home in Frisco.

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Thousands of researchers around the globe are participating in what’s been dubbed the world’s largest science experiment – a particle accelerator in Switzerland called the Large Hadron Collider.


To boldly go where no man has gone before – is a phrase that usually leads to thoughts of exploring the stars, but in this case we’re referring to the deepest parts of the ocean.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

In many school districts, students keep trickling in days and even weeks after the first bell. And two local art curators had a vision: they wanted to create a place where artists could both live and work in Dallas. They found a house and possibly some unexpected house guests.

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Ted Cruz and Rick Perry both spoke at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState. So far it seems like a potential presidential run is something both Texans are dancing around. And with statewide school rankings released today, there was good and bad news for North Texas schools.

Some newly-found footprints of the duck-billed hadrosaur just might change our understanding of the species.

The drought has tested industries across Texas in the last few years -- and it's even had an impact on beer.

A 16-year-old North Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma says she panicked then blacked out after her parachute malfunctioned and doesn't remember striking the ground.

Makenzie Wethington of Joshua spoke Thursday from a wheelchair during a news conference at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

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Dirk Nowitzki has done just about everything a basketball player can do: He's the the first European-born player to win the NBA's MVP award. He led the Mavericks to the NBA title. And he's an 11-time All-Star. 

Next up: How 'bout a shot into space?

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The city of Rowlett is among those reporting increases in human cases of West Nile Virus.

In response to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, the Dallas Police Department says it has ".. instructed patrol officers to provide extra visibility and to be extra vigilant at public locations where large numbers of people gather, such as movie theaters."  


The North Texas Tollway Authority followed through on its promise to post a list of the top toll scofflaws online, including 22 who each owe more than $100,000.

Michael Rey with the NTTA says the list is its final push to collect past-due tolls, in hopes of avoiding litigation.

Michael Rey:  “Even though you tossed that bill or ignored that bill, it’s not gone away, it’s still out there. Please re-contact us and let’s get it taken care of. Neither side wants to go the route of civil lawsuits.”

The list is comprised of more than 25,000 names.

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The driver of the DART bus involved in a tollway crash last month has been fired.

Dallas, TX – Bally Total Fitness has agreed to pay back Texans caught in a deceptive mailing campaign. KERA's Justin Martin has more.

The Attorney General's Office recently uncovered thousands of misleading mailers between 2009 and 2010.

Attorney General Spokesman Tom Kelley says they were designed to look like collection notices, in hopes of luring in lapsed members: