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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Environment
8:16 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Durham Entices Residents To Scrap Gas Lawn Mowers

Durham is collecting old power tools to scrap. Gas powered lawnmowers can produce 11 times more harmful emissions than a car.
Credit kallerna / Wikipedia

Durham's "Get Your Grass Off Gas" campaign kicks off its fourth year next weekend. Each year, the city collects gas-powered yard equipment – like lawn mowers and weed whackers. They send those to the scrap yard and give residents discounts on new electric models.

City Sustainability Officer Tobin Freid says about 300 people have turned in gas-powered equipment over the past three years.

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Sports
9:59 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Long Drives And Short Chips: The US Open Tees Off Today

Michael Campbell reacts to winning the 2005 U.S. Open held at the Pinehurst Resort No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The U.S. Open begins at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course today. WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii is covering the event.

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Arts & Culture
7:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Young Treasure Hunter Turns Find Over To Durham County Bomb Squad

Eli Aquino, 10, of Hillsborough poses with the Confederate Bormann fuse cannonball he found in the Eno River.
Credit Tim Duffy

A young treasure hunter uncovered a heavy piece of history, and now it’s in the hands of the Durham County bomb squad.

Ten-year-old Eli Aquino of Hillsborough found a rusted cannonball in the Eno River near Gold Park last week. Eli has been known to collect objects he finds while sifting through the mud wearing swim goggles.

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Environment
8:52 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Families Remain Optimistic About Camp Lejeune Pollution Lawsuit

The US Supreme Court has upheld North Carolina's time limits regarding pollution-related lawsuits. The decision is a blow to families trying to sue over decades-old pollution at Camp Lejeune.
Credit Daderot / Wikipedia

The US Supreme Court has upheld North Carolina's limits on how long people have to file pollution-related lawsuits.

The case involved pollution connected with a CTS Corp. manufacturing plant in Asheville. But the decision undercut families trying to sue over groundwater pollution at Camp Lejeune.

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Environment
11:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live'

Credit Casey Brown / Flickr/Creative Commons

Early Monday, officials were tracking a bear in the Five Points area of Raleigh. WRAL reported that information about the bear began to come in after midnight.

A mailman working in the area told WRAL News that a couple reported seeing the bear near a home under construction at the corner of Carroll and Whitaker Mill Road.

 

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Health
8:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Volunteers Quench A Raleigh Food Desert

Volunteers opened Galley Grocery on Bragg Street in Raleigh to bring fresh food to a food desert.
Credit Jina Lee / Wikipedia

People living in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood have a new place to buy groceries. 

About 18 months ago, two Kroger stores closed forcing residents of the South Park area to travel long distances to find fresh, affordable food.  Two church groups working with volunteers, opened the Galley Grocery on Bragg Street late last month. 

Ashley Lee is a member of the Hope Community Church and helped get the new venture off the ground.  She said there are still some challenges to overcome.   
 

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Environment
7:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them

Scientists are racing to catalog as many new species as possible before they go extinct. The data can be useful in preserving key habitat.
Credit Juan Rendon / Saving Species

Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new research led by Duke University.

Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.

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Business & Economy
8:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Raleigh Controls The Writing On The Wall

The second-floor Rockford restaurant in Raleigh could have to paint over its sign because it doesn't comply with the city's sign ordinance.
Credit Shop Local Raleigh

The Raleigh City Council has created a task force to review the city's sign ordinance. The measure determines what signs certain businesses can have, what they look like, and where they put them.

Raleigh recently overhauled its planning code, but didn't change the sign ordinance much. Local businesses and associations have complained that the rules are too restrictive. This week, Raleigh appointed 11 business people and residents to study the issue.

Planning and zoning administrator Travis Crane says he's looking forwards to what the task force finds.

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

'SolarBees' Poised To Hit Jordan Lake Next Month

A SolarBee
Credit Medora Corporation

The Army Corps of Engineers is wrapping up the environmental impact review of a $1.4 million plan to put solar powered water mixers (also known as SolarBees) on Jordan Lake to break up algae.

Last year, the General Assembly decided to delay implementation of rules that would restrict development around the lake to reduce contaminated runoff. Instead, they had the Department of Environment and Natural Resources spend $400,000 on 36 SolarBees to churn the water and prevent chlorophyll a, which is linked to algae blooms, from building up.

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Arts & Culture
8:48 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Document That Ended American Slavery Hits The Road

North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment will be on display at the courthouse in Historic Edenton for the first stop of its tour.
Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment is now on tour.  The document that marked the formal end of slavery in the US will be on display at the courthouse in Historic Edenton. 

Officials say the series of stops at historic sites across the state is part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  The timing is also linked to Juneteenth. African Americans observe June 19th as when the last of the enslaved learned they were free in the summer of 1865. 

Sarah Koontz is a state archivist.  She said the document has to be handled with care.

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