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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Health
8:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

UNC Bars Students From West Africa; NC DHHS Takes Measured Approach To Returning Aid Workers

U.S. states vary on Ebola quarantine protocols.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Carol Folt and leaders at UNC Health Care are prohibiting student travel to Ebola-stricken nations.  University faculty and staff must have approval before traveling to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

New York and New Jersey are requiring people returning from Ebola-affected areas of Africa to stay in quarantine for three weeks. That's the incubation period for the disease. 

But North Carolina does not have such a mandate.

This week, Health Secretary Aldona Wos outlined the state's protocols for people returning from West Africa.

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Environment
12:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Raleigh Looking At Ways To Share Water Resources With Nearby County

Raleigh and Johnston County are studying whether they should share the Neuse River as a water source.
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The city of Raleigh and Johnston County are considering sharing water resources as both communities prepare for exponential population growth.

The county and the city have asked a water planning firm to evaluate the benefits and feasibility of working together to secure new water sources.

Kenneth Waldroup works in water planning for Raleigh Public Utilities Department. He says Johnston County is situated just down the Neuse River from Raleigh, and it's likely that the municipalities are duplicating planning efforts.

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Sports
8:05 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Panthers Fall Prey To The Seahawks For Third Year Straight

The Carolina Panthers squared of against the Seattle Seahawks, and lost, for the third year in a row.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost 13-to-9 last night to the Seattle Seahawks.

Carolina's defense had allowed at least 37 points in four of its previous five games. But the Panthers held the Seahawks in check until Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson led a nine-play, 80-yard drive for the game's only touchdown.

Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechley pointed out that they played the Seahawks with a similar outcome for the past three years.

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Health
8:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mental Health: Holly Hill Hospital's New Children's Campus Is A Step In The Right Direction

NAMI says children with behavioral issues in North Carolina need agencies to work together to provide comprehensive long-term care.
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Holly Hill Hospital is hosting the grand opening of a new children's campus today. The hospital says it's working to meet a growing need for inpatient psychiatric beds that has left many in the community waiting in emergency rooms for behavioral health treatment.

North Carolina's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness supports the creation of the facility. But the group's president, Mike Mayer, says the state has a long way to go.

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Health
8:52 am
Thu October 23, 2014

NC Health Officials Mobilize Against Ebola

North Carolina is ramping up preparation efforts in case of an Ebola diagnosis.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

North Carolina health and safety officials are building a united front to prepare against the Ebola virus.

State Health and Human Services secretary Aldona Wos announced at a press conference yesterday that the Centers for Disease Control has named North Carolina's State Laboratory of Public Health to be a regional hub to test potential Ebola specimens.

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Health
9:01 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Four Area Kids Hit, Troopers Crack Down On Drivers Who Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses

State troopers are on the lookout for people who illegally pass school buses picking up and dropping off kids.
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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is on the lookout for motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus. The week-long enforcement campaign is called Operation Stop Arm.

Lieutenant Jeff Gordon says the initiative is part of National School Bus Safety week, but that it's especially appropriate considering recent accidents involving school children.

In the past month, four children have been hit by cars at their bus stops in Wilson and Wake Counties. One of those children died.

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Business & Economy
8:49 am
Mon October 20, 2014

NC Insurance Dept. To Consider 25 Percent Rate Increase

The agency representing residential insurance companies will make the case today for why they should be allowed to raise premiums an average of 25 percent.
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Residential insurance companies want to raise their premium rates by an average of 25 percent. The N.C. Department of Insurance will hold a public hearing on the issue today.

It will be up to Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin to decide whether a rate increase is excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory.

The North Carolina Rate Bureau represents all 150 residential insurance companies in the state. Last year the Department of Insurance and the Rate Bureau agreed to the rates rather than going to a hearing.

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Sports
8:39 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Panthers Swing An Elbow And Throw A Game

Carolina Panthers’ Line Backer Luke Kuechly is confronted by official Steve Freeman Sunday.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers didn't put up much of a fight yesterday. They lost, 38-to-17, to the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay racked up a 21-to-0 lead in the first quarter.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the team gave up the scoreboard early on and never got in the game.

“I don't think the defense gave us an opportunity to win in the first quarter, and I'm disappointed,” Rivera says.

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Health
8:49 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Just In Case: Officials Want North Carolinians To Practice Earthquake Drills

Safety officials throughout the Southeast are encouraging schools and businesses to practice responding to an earthquake.
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Earthquakes are rare in North Carolina, but they happen. So the North Carolina Department of Public Safety is asking businesses and schools across the state to practice earthquake drills today.

The effort is part of the Great Southeast ShakeOut.

Spokeswoman Julia Jarema says there have already been four small quakes in the North Carolina this year. And we're not insulated from seismic activity in other parts of the region.

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Business & Economy
9:36 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Affordable Housing In NC Is Scarce, Here's Why

Affordable housing options are becoming scarce in North Carolina
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North Carolina has better houses and apartments for sale or rent than in recent years. But Bob Kucab says with that rise in quality, affordability has become a problem. He directs the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

“And the biggest culprit is quite simply that housing costs have risen faster than incomes for most families over the past 10 years,” Kucab says.

Now, developers, real estate agents, lenders and agencies are gathering to share potential solutions.

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