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.

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Environment
8:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur is expecting to pass along the Outer Banks today on its way up the Atlantic Coast.
Credit National Weather Service

Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.

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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Might Send Holiday Travelers To The Mountains

A tropical storm could impact the Outer Banks this July 4th weekend. Asheville is getting ready for holiday travelers, and might see some people redirected by the storm.
Credit Ian Britton / Freefoto.com

AAA is forecasting the busiest July 4th travel weekend since 2001, in part because of a recovering economy. But with a tropical storm headed toward the Outer Banks, travelers might end up making other plans.

It's not yet clear whether Tropical Storm Arthur will make landfall in North Carolina, but Dare County is readying its hurricane action plan, just in case.

On the other side of the state, tourism is up already in Asheville this summer.

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Environment
8:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Outer Banks Region Braces For Arthur

The most recent tropical storm named Arthur has formed off the coast of Fla. and is headed toward N.C.
Credit The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the coast of Florida, and is headed toward North Carolina. It isn't clear yet whether it will make landfall later this week.

Cyndy Holda of the Outer Banks Group of National Parks said local governments and businesses have hurricane action plans in place. However, she said, the Independence Day weekend is an inconvenient time for a storm to hit the beaches.

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Business & Economy
7:58 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Raleigh Considers Making Businesses Remove 'Ad Cars' From Roadside

Some businesses wrap a car in their advertising and park them by the road to double as a sign.
Credit Nicolelajones / Wikipedia

The Raleigh Planning Commission wants to close a loophole in the city's sign ordinance. This morning, they'll present a proposal to the City Council that would force businesses to move vehicles emblazoned with company information away from the street.

The measure would require the vehicle to be parked behind the building or near the entrance to the business.

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Business & Economy
7:46 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Garbage Power: Landfill Generates Enough Energy For 4,000 Homes

Gasses produced inside the South Wake Landfill are being used generate power for Duke Energy's grid.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

The South Wake Landfill in Apex is putting its garbage to work. Wake County recently hosted an open house for its landfill gas power plant.

Solid Waste Director John Roberson said the plant is making money and producing electricity from the garbage that's decomposing inside the dump and cutting down on bad smells there.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Fri June 27, 2014

"Boys Rock For Girls Rock" Tonight in Saxapahaw

Girls Rock NC organizes days camps to help girls write songs, form rock bands and learn about feminism.
Credit Girls Rock NC

Girls Rock NC is turning 10 years old this summer.  The series of week-long day-camps gathers girls of varying ages and musical abilities to form bands.  They write original music and play a show at the end of the week. 

But tonight, some male musicians are covering songs by female artists at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw to benefit the nonprofit.  With me this morning is Girls Rock NC founder Amelia Shull, and Stu McLamb of the band The Love Language

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Health
8:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses

Dare County officials want tourists to know their vacation addresses. If they need to call 911, they'll be able to tell first responders where to find them.
Credit Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

The Dare County Sheriff's Office is encouraging visitors to the Outer Banks to know exactly where they are in case of an emergency. Cell phones sometimes share inaccurate or incomplete location data with 911 dispatch, so knowing your street address can make it easier for help to find you.

Assistant Director Lora Nock said the 911 Center handles twice as many calls in the summer months as it does in the off-season.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health

New research from Duke University shows a link between air quality restrictions and improved respiratory health in North Carolina.
Credit Doug Bradley / Flickr

Duke University researchers have found a connection between state and federal air pollution restrictions and improved public health in North Carolina.

Duke Surgery Professor H. Kim Lyerly and his team evaluated disparate data from air quality monitoring stations and health statistics between 1993 and 2010. Lyerly said air quality improved, and so did respiratory health.

Accounting for seasonal changes and an overall drop in smoking, Lyerley said annual emphysema-related deaths dropped from 12-per-100,000 people, to five. Asthma and pneumonia-related deaths decreased, too.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department

Durham has cut landfill costs by boosting recycling measures in recent years. Now, the city has cut the waste reduction coordinator job to make up or a budget shortfall.
Credit Ildar Sagdejev / Wikipedia

Durham's Solid Waste Department is cutting four jobs to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.

Director Donald Long said his department is very expensive to run. Its $16 million budget is about the same size as last year, and Long said one of the only places to cut costs is personnel.

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Law
8:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

City Manager Wants To Improve Public Trust Of The Durham Police Department

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is reviewing recommendations to improve relations between the city's Police Department and the public.
Credit City of Durham

Spurred by complaints about racial bias in the Durham Police Department, City Manager Tom Bonfield said he'll review recommendations to improve relations with the community.

“I recognize the critical importance of a trusting relationship between a community police department and the community. And I also recognize that and the end of the day, I'm responsible for the actions of the department and how that plays out in terms of the relationship.”

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