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

an emergency vehicle
Terry Minton / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/asF3Vv

North Carolina is overhauling the technology in its 911 centers to connect better with one another and with cell phones users.

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

Social Services agencies in North Carolina investigated more than 121,000 cases of child abuse and neglect across the state over the past year. That's according to data from the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill.

NC12 remains closed Tuesday morning south of the Bonner Bridge. Here's a look at current conditions on Pea Island.
NC DOT

Updated: Sept. 19, 9:07 a.m. | Posted Sept. 18, 1:03 p.m.

The Outer Banks is being spared heavy rain from Hurricane Jose. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Merrell says the coast is still seeing impacts from the storm roiling offshore.

RDU
www.rdu.com

The Raleigh Durham Airport Authority has decided not to sell off three parcels of land near Interstate 40.

a sign showing gas prices
Shawn Honnick / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/sXP1h

Evacuees who fled Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are beginning to leave North Carolina, contributing to traffic on southbound I-95 and I-77.

Infosys plans to hire 2,000 workers within four years in North Carolina, the second of four planned expansion sites in the U.S. intended to create 10,000 jobs.
Infosys

An India-based consulting firm plans to establish one of four American tech hubs in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh. Infosys announced it plans to create 2,000 new jobs over the next five years.

An American flag is torn as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
David Goldman / AP

Updated 12:07 p.m., September 11, 2017

Weakening Tropical Storm Irma will bump into a high pressure system in North Carolina later Monday, bringing some stormy weather to the Triangle. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield says heavy flooding is not likely.

A drawing of floodwaters
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Destructive flooding is sometimes seen as an "act of God," but one Illinois man is serving time in prison for causing the Mississippi River to inundate a town in Missouri. We hear his story in this week's Criminal Podcast. Phoebe Judge hosts the show.

The Proterra company will make the buses that will come to RDU in 2019.
Wikipedia / wikipedia.org/wiki/Proterra,_Inc.

Updated Sept. 19, 9:15 a.m.

GoTriangle will not receive a competitive federal grant to buy electric buses. The transit authority said in a press release that the application process has better prepared GoRaleigh, GoCary, GoTriangle and Chapel Hill Transit to explore viable alternatives to diesel buses moving forward.

a woman holding a baby
Toshimasa Ishibashi / Flickr/Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/3AmPqU

Postpartum mood disorders are extremely common for new mothers. But a survey from NC State University shows that 1 in 5 don't report symptoms to their doctors.

photo of Wildin Acosta
Courtesy of the Acosta family

Editor's Note: Wildin Acosta's hearing has been rescheduled  for Oct. 3, 2017.

Wildin Acosta of Durham is scheduled to go before a judge in Charlotte's immigration court on Thursday. The Honduran-born asylum seeker spent more than six months in immigration detention last year before his deportation order was rescinded.

a sign showing gas prices
Shawn Honnick / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/sXP1h

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on residents along the Texas Gulf Coast. It's also had an economic impact, shutting down some oil refineries and interrupting transportation. And that means higher gas prices here in North Carolina.

mold
Toshiyuki IMAI / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/fqfpkk

Two Granville County Schools are closed because of problems with mold. Butner-Stem Elementary and Creedmoor Elementary are both closed, according to Spokesman Stan Winborne.

a homeless woman
Jim Forest / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/9it6dq

Homeless women, and people who are already receiving public assistance, are less likely to be approved for federal disability benefits, according to NC State University researchers.

Morning on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

The Trump Administration has disbanded an advisory committee created to turn federal climate analysis into concrete plans for dealing with climate change.

ECU

The Greenville contingent of the University of North Carolina System is re-branding itself. East Carolina University will henceforth be known simply as ECU.

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The Bonner Bridge replacement project is on track to finish by November 2018.

Sample products made using plastic and coal ash from ponds and landfills. Researchers at North Carolina A&T University have developed the composite building material and hope to eventually have it replace wood in some construction.
Courtesy of Kunigal Shivakumar

Researchers at North Carolina A&T University have developed a composite building material using plastic and coal ash from ponds and landfills.

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

Domestic tourism brought in a record $22.9 billion dollars to North Carolina last year. That's despite Hurricane Matthew and boycotts over House Bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill, contributing to a drop in the actual number of visitors to the state.

North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Volunteers are at the ready to help carry luggage and bedding at North Carolina A&T University's new student move-in on Friday.

a cat at an animal shelter
vectorbug / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/dcP5YP

The Guilford County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees this month, in hopes of finding homes for all the 400 cats and dogs in its facility.

One of Progress Energy's solar energy farms.
Duke Energy / Progress Energy

Duke Energy is preparing for a drastic loss of solar energy during the eclipse later this month.

A drawing of Effigy Mounds.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

National Parks and Monuments are often considered wholesome environments: peaceful places that preserve nature and history. However, this week's Criminal podcast tells how the remains of 41 American Indians disappeared from the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.

North Carolina is now tracking babies born with alcohol or drug dependencies.
Tulane Publications / Flickr, Creative Commons

Local social services agencies in North Carolina are now collecting information about babies born with a dependence on drugs or alcohol. The new Substance Affected Infants plan complies with a federal mandate.

eclipse glasses
S. N. Johnson-Roehr (JR) / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/cbWaoA

Many people are excited to catch a glimpse of the upcoming solar eclipse. But the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is urging the use of proper eye protection. Sunglasses simply aren't dark enough to protect your retinas against the sun's UV rays.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrest.
Wikimedia Commons

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested undocumented people in several North Carolina cities last week. A statement from ICE says it was part of a surge targeting families, adults who arrived illegally as children, and teens with criminal backgrounds.

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative

Construction crews have determined that all three transmission cables providing power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been compromised, but portable generators may allow visitors to return soon. 

Harkers Island at sunset
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The North Carolina Coastal Federation has received a federal grant to clean up debris from an abandoned clam growing operation off Harkers Island.

Atlantic Coast pipeline proposed site
Steve Helber, File / AP

A proposed natural gas pipeline would disproportionately impact Native Americans in North Carolina, according to Ryan Emanuel, an associate professor at NC State University and a member of the Lumbee Tribe.

youth football players
Stuart Seeger / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/pPWtH

Biomedical researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have found that youth football players sustain more hits to the head as they get older. Those hits get a lot harder, too.

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