Rebecca Martinez

Morning Producer

Rebecca Martinez produces WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and occasionally fills in as host.

Before coming to North Carolina, Rebecca was a reporter and host at Wyoming Public Radio, where she created the “Upstarts” entrepreneur profile series and reported on environmental and cultural issues. She won a PRNDI award for soft feature reporting in 2012 and has edited and produced several PRNDI award-winning stories and episodes of “Open Spaces.”

Rebecca has reported on agriculture and community issues at The News Leader in Staunton, VA. She spent two years cutting tape, booking interviews and running scripts at NPR’s Washington, DC headquarters. As an intern at Team Group Media in DC, she was charged with ordering stage blood and vintage furniture for a documentary that aired on A&E.

A New Jersey native, Rebecca is a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design. She plays roller derby. Yes, really.


8:48 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Duke Research: Younger Adults Need To Worry About High Cholesterol

Duke research shows elevated cholesterol is cause for concern, even in one's 30s.
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Doctors often start treating patients for high cholesterol after age 55. But new research from Duke University shows each previous decade of high cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease 39 percent.

Bio-statistician Michael Pencina is a lead author of the report.

“Higher level of cholesterol in the 30s and 40s, still leads to increased risk of cardiovascular disease at age 55.”

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2:28 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

This New Bridge Over I-40 Made A Huge Impact, Study Finds

The American Tobacco Trail has seen a 133-percent increase of bike and pedestrian traffic since the bridge went up over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

That pedestrian and bike bridge over I-40 near the Streets at Southpoint Mall has made a world of difference to the users of the American Tobacco Trail. That’s according to a before-and-after study by N.C. State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education.

Program manager Sarah O’Brien says from spring 2013 through spring 2014, the number of trips on the trail rose by 133 percent.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Chapel Hill's Varsity Theater Makes Financial Goal

The Varsity Theatre

Update Monday 11:44 a.m.:

The Varsity Theatre has successfully made their goal to buy a new digital projector, and they still have 26 days to go in their Kickstarter campaign #GoDigitalOrGoDark. The building houses two theaters, but to try to keep the goal attainable, organizers asked for enough money to convert one to digital. Any additional funds raised in the final days of the campaign will go toward updating the second, larger theater.

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Campus Life
5:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

UNC Training Seeks A 'Healthy, Sober Environment' To Discuss Sexual Safety

UNC says its new mandatory online training about sexual consent and assault is meant to teach students, faculty and staff how to identify and communicate about these issues.
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This fall, all UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff will have learned the same definitions for "consent", "sexual assault" and "harassment". It's part of a new, mandatory, online training.

Christi Hurt works in Student Affairs and directs the Carolina Women's Center. She says the goal is to define terms simplify communication. Hurt says this lays the foundation for student groups and dorm life to spur discussion.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Marbles Is Looking To Expand In Downtown Raleigh

Marbles Kids Museum
the museum

It's getting crowded at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Sally Edwards is president of the private not-for-profit. She says the museum built to accommodate 175,000 visitors a year, but now hosts 450,000.

“There are days that there are more people at the museum playing than the museum was designed to accommodate. So we really look forward to the opportunity to identify ways where we can expand, so the visitors who want to come and play and learn at Marbles have more room to spread out while they're here.”

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10:29 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Study: Sea Turtles Follow Magnetic Fields To Their Home Beaches To Lay

A new study shows that sea turtles use magnetic fields to find the beaches where they hatched. They often lay their own eggs there.
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Sea turtles follow the earth's magnetic fields to find the beaches where they hatched to lay their own eggs.

UNC-Chapel Hill researcher and report co-author Roger Brothers says they want soft, undisturbed sand at the right temperature, but it's hard to guage that from out in the ocean.

“So the only way the female turtle can actually be sure that she's nesting in a place that's favorable for egg development, is to nest on the same beach where she hatched as a hatchling. The logic being that, “’If it worked for me, it should work for my offspring.’”

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Winter Weather
9:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Icy Till Lunch: Officials Warn Of Slippery Spots On Roads

Officials warn of black ice on bridges and ramps until lunch time today.
Credit Petelewisr / Wikipedia

Much of central North Carolina was hit with freezing rain overnight.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Sharp says ice will linger throughout the morning.

“Temperatures here across the Triangle today are in the upper 20s, and probably will not rise much above freezing until about lunchtime or so.”

North Carolina Department of Transportation Spokesman Steve Abbott says salt trucks were busy yesterday, and the roads themselves are mostly dry.

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Mental Health
7:49 am
Tue January 13, 2015

New Center Gives People In Mental Health Crisis Alternative To The E.R.

The Roxie Avenue Behavioral Healthcare Center offers a range of timely options for people with a range of mental health care needs.
Credit Send me adrift / Flickr

Cape Fear Valley's new Roxie Avenue Behavioral Healthcare Center is up and running.

Behavioral Health Services Director Doug Webster says the Fayetteville facility is meant to free up beds in the hospital, where people can wait days for mental health treatment.

Webster says, left untreated, such crises can escalate.

North Carolina also has behavioral health centers in Durham and Raleigh. In Fayetteville, Webster says they’re serving members of the military and civilians alike.

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College Basketball
9:03 am
Mon January 12, 2015

PHOTOS: Unranked Wolfpack Breaks The Blue Devils' Winning Streak In Upset

NCSU's Ralston Turner shot for 16 points in the game which broke Duke's winning street.
Credit NC State

There was a major upset in men's college basketball on Sunday, when unranked NC State beat the previously undefeated Duke, 87-75.

The Wolfpack's Trevor Lacey scored 21 points, and Ralston Turner added 16. The team overall shot 55 percent.

NC State Coach Mark Gottfried says his team knocked down some tough shots, and kept heavy pressure on Duke's preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor.

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Venus Flytraps
5:25 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Four Face New Felony Charges For Venus Flytrap Poaching In Carolina

More than 900 Venus fly traps have been poached in the Wilmington area since the offense became a felony in November.
Credit David McAdoo / Flickr/Creative Commons

It used to be a misdemeanor to steal Venus flytraps from the wild. But the law changed in November, and now four suspects face felony charges, and up to 39 months in jail.

Hervey McIver of the Nature Conservancy says there’s high demand for Venus flytraps for novelty as well as medicinal use. The plants only grow wild in a roughly-100-mile radius around the Wilmington area.

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