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

JULIENNE ALEXANDER / Criminal

When Sheila Wysocki decided that she would solve the murder of her college roommate, she had no idea that it would lead to a life of private investigation. But that's just what happened. (You can hear more about that Cold Case here.) This week's Criminal podcast tells Sheila's story. Host Phoebe Judge went to Nashville to shadow her at work.

A map of economically vulnerable areas in Wake County.
Wake County Economic Development

Businesses that set up shop in poor parts of Wake County could soon receive financial incentives, provided they pay employees a living wage. That means employees can meet their basic needs without public or private assistance.

Fayetteville Police Department Captain Lars Paul shows a naloxone injectable kit and a naloxone nose spray Fayetteville police use to reverse opioid overdose.
Raul Rubiera / For WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is distributing grants of up to $150,000 to support community projects that fight the opioid crisis.

stack of money
Flickr user 401(K)2013

Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

crab pots
Darren Pullen / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/2frpk5

Commercial fishermen retrieved 3,500 lost crab pots from coastal waters this winter. Storms and boating can cause buoys to separate from these wire cages, which makes the traps hard to find.

Vidant Health has a new app that allows North Carolinians to see a doctor whenever they want. The Vidant Now app allows a user to connect instantly with a physician for about $50 per consultation.

Prescription pills
Wikpedia

The North Carolina Department of Insurance is encouraging everyone to do some spring cleaning in their medicine cabinets. Operation Medicine Drop is looking for unused pills, especially pain killers, to be delivered to secure collection sites.

An analyisis by the Carolina Population Center finds that 49 percent of adults in North Carolina were born outside the state.
Carolina Population Center

Nearly half of all adults in North Carolina were born outside the state, according to an analysis by the Carolina Population Center.

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy has committed $500,000 to help replace inefficient wood-burning stoves in Western North Carolina.

a blue water well
Let Ideas Compete / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/7VkN8Y

Researchers from UNC Chapel Hill and the nonprofit RTI international want to study the prevalence of lead in private wells in Wake County.

A sign indicates the janitor closet inside a Wake County public school.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The Durham Board of Education has voted to make custodians Durham Public Schools employees once again. This means ending its contract with an outsource management company, acquiring cleaning equipment, and giving custodial staff higher pay and benefits. The change will cost DPS about $1.1 million.

A graph showing poll results.
Elon Poll

North Carolina teachers do not want their colleagues — not even trained ones — to carry guns in school, according to a new Elon University Poll.

File photo of sand being removed from highway N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Insland, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 after Hurricane Irene.
Jim R. Bounds / AP

Parts of North Carolina Highway 12 on the Outer Banks have closed again due to ocean over wash.

a tall stack of shipping containers
Todd Lappin / Flickr - Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/9FNpL2

The Coast Guard is asking boaters and beachgoers to be on the lookout for loose shipping containers after 70 containers fell from a cargo ship Saturday and only a few have been found, according to Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Hodges.

canned food
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

More than 12 percent of Americans experience food insecurity and many depend on food banks to make it through a year.

The Wolf Law Library / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/8gB6Lx

American kids are bombarded with ads for sugary, processed food and drinks, and for many poor families, those are all they can afford. That's why researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute say public health efforts to halt the childhood obesity epidemic have failed.

A chart showing the electricity generation capacity in North Carolina in 2016.
Courtesy of NCSU

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline promises to bring huge quantities of cheap natural gas to North Carolina, which could slow growth for solar power.

North Carolina is technically the second largest producer of solar energy in America. N.C. State University Energy Economist Harrison Fell explained the state is capable of running seven percent of the energy grid on solar. But, of course, it's not always sunny.

a boy hiding his face
Suzanne Tucker / Courtesy of the Children's Home Society of North Carolina

North Carolina doesn't have enough school nurses or counselors, and that's impacting child health across the state. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the advocacy group N.C. Child gave the state "D" grades for school health and mental health on its Child Health Report Card.

sign of RDU
Courtesy of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Raleigh Durham International Airport recently announced nonstop flights to New Orleans, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 6 other destinations. 

Image of study assessment for young kid
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

There's a lot of noise on the Internet about how to support and teach children with Autism. The National Clearinghouse for Autism Evidence and Practice has been working to cut through it by offering in-depth analysis of reliable research for teachers and families.

two coyotes
Courtesy of eMammal

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has wrapped up public comment for its draft coyote management plan.

Robert Plant's new album "Carry Fire."
Warner Brothers

Robert Plant’s latest solo record Carry Fire is steeped in majesty and travel to far off places. The iconic singer, writer and seeker digs deep into the sounds he created with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. It’s the same group of fellow travelers he spent two years crossing the globe with in support of the highly acclaimed “lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar.”

Cape Hatteras
scott1346 / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/22gXbzu

It's been about a month since the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse fell dark. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the mechanical structure within the 200 year-old building.

A drawing of Masterpiece, the poodle.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In the 1960's, the poodle was the most popular dog in the country.  The poodle's rise to fame in America is due in large part to one man, and one dog.  The story of Count Pulaski and what happened to his  Masterpiece are the subject of this week's Criminal podcast.

Criminal is recorded at WUNC.

Aeyron Scout drone
creative commons

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is applying to be part of a federal drone program.

North Carolina hopes to use drones to deliver emergency supplies in the state, but several issues will need to be worked out first, according to Basil Yap, program manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems of the NC Division of Aviation.

This is WUNC's 8:04 AM newscast from August 28, 2017. It is posted here for the purposes of judging in award contests.

Abasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL N.C. Central University physics studentsAbasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL
Diane Markoff / NCCU-TUNL Group

North Carolina Central University has joined Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State Universities as a full partner of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. The lab, called TUNL (like, "tunnel") for short, is one of four Department of Energy Centers of Excellence for nuclear physics in the country.

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

More than 1,200 patients at WakeMed Health and Hospitals have tested positive for the influenza virus this month.

Jack Mayer Wood / Courtesy of N.C. State University

It takes a lot to evolve a tail worthy of combat. Researchers at N.C. State University have found that only huge, slow vegetarians with body armor developed weaponized tails.

Brandon Lemasters, standing, helps a friend change a tire on his SUV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Winston-Salem, after the vehicle slid through a curve on a ice-covered street the day before and hit a curb.
Skip Foreman / AP

Updated 5:45 p.m. | Jan. 18, 2018

Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters.

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