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Miguel Perez

Assistant Producer

Miguel Perez is an assistant producer at KERA. He produces local content for Morning Edition and KERA News. He also writes and produces occasional music reviews for national All Things Considered, and he fills in as a KERA newscaster.

Miguel first joined KERA as an intern with Art&Seek and Think in 2017. He’s also interned at NPR’s All Things Considered in Washington, D.C. and The Dallas Morning News. 

Before coming to KERA, he was a communications specialist at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Miguel is a graduate of UT Dallas, where he received his bachelor of science in economics.

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Protesters listen to a speaker during a demonstration against police brutality organized by the Next Generation Action Network in Dallas on Saturday.
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It’s been over two weeks since the death of George Floyd, and protesters in Dallas and across the country continue their calls for racial justice. Not even the Texas summer could stifle demonstrators Saturday at Reverchon Park in Dallas.

Raymond Abii, 11, stands at the forefront of a group of protesters shouting "Black Lives Matter."
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President Donald Trump rejected calls to defund police during his visit to Dallas Thursday. Trump was in town for a roundtable discussion about policing and race relations, and his first in-person fundraiser since pandemic lockdowns began. 

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Your senior year is one for the ages.

Class trips, prom and graduation all help mark the end of one chapter and the start of another.

The pandemic has stolen some of these moments from the Class of 2020, but that hasn’t kept seniors from celebrating a milestone year.

CrossFit 214
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A new wave of businesses could reopen Monday, as outlined in Gov. Greg Abbott's May 6 executive order.

Offices, manufacturing facilities, and gyms can now operate at 25% capacity. Gym-goers eager to break a sweat after a months-long hiatus will have new rules to follow, though.

Food isn't the only draw at restaurants like Oddfellows in Dallas' Bishop Arts District. Their community feel and dine-in ambiance are also part of the experience. They're having to get creative to stay afloat during the COVID-19 shutdown.
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Takeout and drive-through may work well for fast food joints and chains, but not so much for locally-owned places that also serve as community hubs. They're the kind of restaurants perfect for a family meal, brunch, a first date or a work lunch.

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The rush to buy cleaning products since COVID-19 hit has been especially tough for homeless people who rely on sanitizer and wet wipes to stay clean. Shelters across North Texas are working to get these products in the right hands.

Montage of guns collected by TSA

Three Texas airports ranked in the top 10 for the number of guns the Transportation Security Administration discovered at airport checkpoints last year. The agency caught more firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2019 than ever before.

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American Airlines has reached a settlement with Boeing over the grounding of the airplane maker's 737 Max jet fleet. 

American says employees will get $30 million through its profit-sharing program. The amount each employee gets will vary depending on experience.

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From Swiss Avenue to the West End, Dallas has many dutifully preserved historic districts. That status is meant to protect the look and feel of some of the city's oldest neighborhoods, but that hasn't been the case for Tenth Street, a historically black neighborhood just south of downtown.


Public health policies are a big part of running big cities, and Dallas and San Antonio are being recognized for doing just that.

CityHealth, a nonprofit that evaluates local health priorities of the country’s largest cities, recently awarded the cities with gold stars for enacting public health policies that improve overall wellbeing for residents.

Atatiana Jefferson
Jefferson's family via Associated Press

The funeral service has been rescheduled for Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old Fort Worth woman who was shot and killed in her home by a police officer. The service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at Concord Church in Dallas. 

It's a bright, cool morning at Fair Park.

Inside the Creative Arts Building, home cooks arrive to a test kitchen for one of the State Fair of Texas' many cooking competitions. Hundreds of amateur chefs take part in these highly competitive contests, and judges sample thousands of homemade recipes for everything from bread and cakes to pickled vegetables.

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The Environmental Protection Agency took public testimony in Dallas on Thursday on plans to weaken federal methane emission standards.

Those Obama-era rules require oil and gas companies to monitor and fix methane leaks from their pipelines and storage facilities.

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The yearly Red River Showdown kicks off tomorrow at Fair Park, and that usually means larger-than-average crowds at the State Fair and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Using public transit is a good idea for those looking to avoid traffic and high parking fees, but DART spokesman Mark Ball says trains will also be busier than usual.


Overdue book fees are history at the Fort Worth Public Library. A new policy follows similar measures by public library systems across the country.

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The Kinsey Collection spans centuries — covering everything from the Civil Rights movement to the Harlem Renaissance and the legacy of slavery.

It's one of the largest surveys of African American art and history, and it opens Saturday in Dallas at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

Trinity Metro

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are throwing their weight behind Fort Worth's bid for federal funding to help extend the TexRail commuter line.

Cornyn and Cruz sent a letter to the Federal Transit Authority asking for $40 million to help expand the TexRail service. The proposal would extend the rail line by 2 miles into Fort Worth's Medical District.

Carter Blood Care

Time's running short for Carter BloodCare. The Texas-based blood bank says blood collections are not keeping pace with transfusion needs of hospital patients.

The rare bones of two ancient human relatives are leaving their home in South Africa for the first time for public display, and they're headed to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. 

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City officials in Fort Worth have received a wave of complaints over a set of banners hanging in downtown.

The signs read "In NO God We Trust," and the group Metroplex Atheists are using the bright yellow banners to advertise their educational seminar later this month. 

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Football fans can witness a different kind of title game this weekend: The undefeated Texas Elite Spartans take on the one-loss Utah Falconz on Saturday in the first-ever Women's National Football Conference championship.

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Nestled on the shores of Lewisville Lake in Denton County is a town that's fully embraced lake life.

So much so that Little Elm's official motto is "The Town With a Lake Attitude."

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In Texas, there's a group of trained volunteers so committed to caring for the state's natural areas, they're known as Master Naturalists.

The program is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and students have to go through an in-depth course to earn the title. 

Armando Farias, 56, tends to his small shop filled with Mexican goods at Plaza Garland.
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Plaza Garland is an indoor marketplace where mariachi bands play regularly and merchants sell everything from Mexican ice cream and custom-made piñatas to gold jewelry and handmade toys.

It's nothing like the old Kmart that used to stand in its place.

Food distributor Marty Renaud (right) hands a fruit popsicle to eighth grader Mia Martinez at Dallas ISD's Fresh Food Fest on March 28, 2019.
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The Dallas school district hosted a taste test of potential menu items Thursday, and the food went before about 150 of the toughest critics: children.

School districts ranking high in feeding low-income students supplement the traditional cafeteria line with breakfast in the classroom using a grab-and-go model.

Irving, Dallas, Garland, Crowley and Arlington all rank highly among Texas school districts when it comes to feeding students in need.

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Starting March 30, Dallas Area Rapid Transit will be closing several light rail stations in the heart of downtown Dallas every weekend through September. 

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

The last thing Triston Bailey remembers about that cold November night is the Dallas Stars game he saw with his friends.

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The Dallas City Council was briefed Wednesday on the city's options for one of its most prominent Confederate monuments. 

There are three paths for the Confederate War Memorial that stands in Pioneer Park Cemetery near the Dallas Convention Center: keep it, remove it or do nothing.

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The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a major stop on the professional rodeo circuit, and nationally-ranked bareback rider Winn First Ratliff, 29, is hoping to win big.