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

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
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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.

children playing in a fountain
Don Ryan / AP

Temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, with heat index values forecast up to 107 degrees.

Princeville, Flooding, Race, Hurricane Matthew
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The town of Princeville is stepping up recovery efforts after flooding from Hurricane Matthew last fall.

a tick on a person's skin
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The number of probable Lyme disease cases in North Carolina has been rising in recent years. The tick-borne bacteria can cause aches and fatigue, as well as serious neurological and muscular disorders.

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.

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