Rebecca Martinez

Morning Producer

Rebecca Martinez produces WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition. She reports breaking news as well as feature stories and interviews about a range of subjects, including immigration enforcement and environmental sustainability. She knows a lot about municipal solid waste.

Rebecca is also the co-creator and founding producer of The Civilist with Steven Petrow. The podcast is a partnership between WUNC and PRI, and it explores how people can talk respectfully about controversial and awkward topics.

Before coming to North Carolina, Rebecca was a reporter and host at Wyoming Public Radio, where she created the "Upstarts" entrepreneur profile series. 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. Her reporting has aired on NPR, the BBC, PRI, Marketplace and National Native News.

She lives in Durham, where she volunteers on the crisis line at Durham Crisis Response Center. She also occasionally leads bike tours of the city’s murals.

Ways to Connect

The LEAF Project / Flickr/ Creative Commons

State lawmakers have repealed the controversial House Bill 2, but the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance that inspired the defunct law could still play a big role in that city's Mayoral race.

map of a proposed change to U.S. 70
Courtesy of the NC DOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking public comment on a plan to overhaul two busy intersections on U.S. 70.

Ambient air pollution levels projected onto a Hargett Street building in downtown Raleigh.
Courtesy of particlefallsral.org

A traveling art installation in downtown Raleigh is showing passersby how much pollution is in the air around them.

Gloria Thomas, director of the Carolina Women’s Center
Jon Gardiner / UNC Multimedia Library

The new director of the Carolina Women's Center wants to continue to promote gender equity during a time of change.

Gloria Thomas took the helm this summer and has been trying to connect and support campus groups of women from a range of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender backgrounds.

"I'm striving to make broader connections. I'd love to see more underrepresented women become a part of our efforts," said Thomas. "By underrepresented, I mean based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity."

A picture of beer bottles
Pixabay

An analysis from Duke University found that transgender college freshmen are more likely to have negative experiences from drinking than their peers.

An image of Duke Campus
Duke University

Updated Friday, March 24: The public will have a chance to weigh in on  plans to build a natural gas-fueled combined heat and power plant on the Duke University campus. The Campus Sustainability Committee with hear public comment at a meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Gross Hall 107. Anyone who cannot make the meeting can share comments here.

Monday, March 20: Environmental groups and activists urged Duke University to halt plans to build a natural gas heat-and-power plant on campus.

Criminal: 'Rochester, 1991'

Mar 17, 2017
A drawing of an engagement ring.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In this week's Criminal podcast, we hear the story of a woman who suffered domestic violence for years. She then served 17 years behind bars for killing her abuser.

Firefighters battle the downtown Raleigh fire
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 11:43 a.m., 3/17/2017

An under-construction apartment building in downtown Raleigh went up in flames Thursday night.

Orange and Durham County leaders agreed Friday to accelerate efforts to update plans for a 17-mile light rail line that would stretch from UNC Hospitals to NC Central University.

a young man holding a pride flag
Emma / Flickr, Creative Commons

LGBTQ people face a high risk of physical and sexual violence and harassment, according to Triangle-based nonprofit research institute RTI International.

Right: MRI of a baby at 6 months who was diagnosed with autism at 2 years. The dark space between the brain folds and skull indicate increased amounts of cerebrospinal fluid. Left: MRI of a baby who was not diagnosed with autism at age 2.
UNC School of Medicine

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill might have found an early predictor of autism in infants.

A drawing of people crossing the border.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

You might recognize the name Wildin Acosta from WUNC News coverage.  The Durham teen came to the United States illegally from Honduras in 2014 to escape gang violence. He spent months in immigration detention before being released on bond.  

In this week's Criminal podcast, host Phoebe Judge spoke to Wildin Acosta about his experience, and what's at stake under the Trump Administration's renewed resolve to ramp up deportations. 

Criminal is recorded here at WUNC.

immigrant works on a field
Russ Allison Loar / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina has a choice to make: either import workers, or import food, according to to North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, who led a delegation of farmers and industry insiders to meet with the state's congressional Republicans in Washington last week.

jasleen_kaur / flickr, Creative Commons

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has issued a policy brief recommending a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid spending, a move that worries child advocacy organizations.

Captain Raheem Aleem has been appointed Hispanic community liaison at the Durham County Sheriff's Office.
Courtesy of Durham County Sheriff's Office

The Durham County Sheriff's Office has announced the appointment of a new Hispanic community liaison.

At least seven people have died from flu complications in North Carolina, according to health officials.
Mike Mozart / flickr, Creative Commons

The state Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that the flu is now widespread with a high intensity across North Carolina.

A photo of a black bear captured in Jones county through the North Carolina Candid Critter project.
North Carolina's Candid Critters / North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Wildlife scientists and managers are trying to capture photos of wildlife in every North Carolina county using motion sensing cameras. NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences are working with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to compile a mammal survey.

A drawing of a neighborhood surrounding a light rail station.
Gateway Planning / GoTriangle

Transit consultants are hosting six public meetings in Chapel Hill starting next week to discuss possible development around stations along the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit line, which would run along U.S. 15-501.

A drawing of a body and an empty canoe.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

When people imagine having a superpower, invisibility is a popular choice. On this week's Criminal podcast, we'll hear stories about people who successfully disappeared by faking their own deaths.

Criminal host Phoebe Judge says it's a tough trick to pull off, but has been a popular pursuit. How-to guides were popular in the 1980s, but those are now outdated, Judge says, now that we all have digital footprints to follow.

Section of Mid-Currituck Bridge project map.
ncdot.gov/projects/midcurrituckbridge/download/ProjectMap.pdf / NCDOT

A group of residents and visitors is asking the new North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary to consider alternatives to building a proposed two-lane bridge between the Currituck mainland and the Outer Banks. The project has long been in the research and planning phase as a means to alleviate tourist traffic and offer another emergency evacuation route.

This newscast is posted here for the purposes of entry in journalism award contests. This newscast aired the day after the 2016 election. It shows how much information you can provide in a short time with good writing and audio clips.

illustration of grass
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Some mysteries take years to solve, and a certain type of person to solve them. In this week's Criminal podcast we'll hear of a steadfast woman who made it her personal mission to find the missing bodies of two children she'd known only from stories on the news.

buildings in a downtown area
Kristopha Hohn / flickr, Creative Commons

Triangle entrepreneurs are more optimistic about hiring, sales and spending than they were last quarter, according to the Quarterly Outlook of Triangle Entrepreneurs from the N.C. State Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Baysha Bernales
StoryDriven

The Nashville Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Durham-based production company an Emmy for excellence in visual storytelling for a suicide-prevention video with students from N.C. State University.

A family takes a stroll on the Reedy Creek Trail at William B. Umstead State Park.
Courtesy of North Carolina State Parks

Attendance at North Carolina’s state parks has been on a steep rise in the past three years.

In 2016, the N.C. State Parks centennial year, attendance set a record for the third straight year with 18.8 million visitors. That’s up 9 percent from 2015 and a whopping 32 percent just since 2013. In the years prior to 2014, parks attendance had barely fluctuated for five straight years.

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