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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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton celebrates with Jonathan Stewart after the NFL football NFC Championship.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he feels "super" after last night's NFC Championship game. Carolina beat the Arizona Cardinals 49-15.

Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, but he says Coach Ron Rivera and his staff deserve much of the credit.

"I can say one thing, we were coached extremely well," says Newton. "We were very prepared for this game and doing the things that we were doing, it wasn't just skill. It was the preparation."

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WUNC's complete coverage of the winter storm's timeline, impact, and ongoing closures and power outages.  Check back throughout the day and evening.

Salt brine sprayed and dried on a road surface for anti-icing before a snow storm
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Winter Storm Jonas is headed across North Carolina tonight into early tomorrow morning.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brandon Dunstan says the Triangle could get up to five inches of snow before tomorrow morning's commute; the Triad could see 10 inches. Freezing rain will likely fall throughout the afternoon.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbot says the department is ready.

A picture of a dog standing in snow.
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Temperatures are holding steady at freezing and below. So animal advocates and veterinary professionals are urging owners not to leave pets outside if they can avoid it.

Cold sky in the woods.
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An Arctic cold front passed through the region Monday, bringing below-freezing temperatures to the Triad and Triangle.

National Weather Service Forecaster Scott Sharp says temperatures have hovered in the teens so far this morning.

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The Carolina Panthers are heading to the NFC Championship game for the fourth time in franchise history.

The Panthers opened up an early 31-0 lead at home against Seattle yesterday. Carolina didn't score in the second half, but that didn't matter. They advance in the NFL playoffs with a 31-24 win.

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Organizations across North Carolina will host volunteer events, book drives, and unity marches to mark Martin Luther King Junior Day. King would have turned 87-years-old Friday. The national holiday is Monday.

A stamp of heroin.
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Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone suspects five deaths in his eastern North Carolina county in the past two weeks were caused by unintentional drug overdoses.

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A high school student is petitioning the Wake County Public School System to create a policy allowing transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

CJ Lewis's petition on change.org has more than 600 digital signatures.

A picture of a man using an e-cigarette.
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The number of underage teens who smoke cigarettes has dropped since regulators began imposing stiff advertising restrictions in the 1970s. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says the number of young people who say they're exposed to ads for electronic cigarettes has skyrocketed.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is scrambling to make things right for customers who purchased their own health insurance.

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Greensboro's economy is recovering from the recession, according to the city's annual growth and development trends report.

Planning Department Director Sue Schwartz says the recession hit Greensboro early, when the local textile and furniture manufacturing jobs moved overseas. Schwartz says aviation manufacturing jobs are making a difference.

"We've seen smaller scale manufacturing coming back, but we've also seen growth in the financial sector and in health care. So we're a more diversified economy, but it takes a while to get to that point."

A picture of J. Cole performing in London in 2011.
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This weekend, HBO will release the concert film from hip hop star J Cole's homecoming show in Fayetteville.

Cole returned a hero this summer after a tour to promote his Platinum album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. That's the address of his childhood home in Fayetteville.

Rap superstars Jay-Z and Drake took the stage at this performance.

Former Charlotte-resident Scott Lazer directed the concert film and the Road to Homecoming series leading up to the big show.

A drawing of a syringe.
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The Criminal Podcast tells stories of people who've "done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle." This week, host Phoebe Judge introduces us to Martha Elliot. She's a journalist and rape survivor who, for years, was a devoted friend to a rapist and murderer on death row.

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Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison plans to hire three new investigators to halt the increase of heavy drugs circulating in the area.

The Greensboro Police Department has been training and deploying its new Civil Emergency Unit.

Captain John Wolfe commands the 90-member team, which is most often mobilized to observe and respond to public demonstrations. The CEU trains several times a year. Wolfe says it has learned from the mistakes of departments who have sent untrained officers to deal with tense protesters.

A picture of a homeless man bundling up on a bench.
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Freezing temperatures led Wake and Guilford County homeless shelters to issue a white flag alert Monday night, allowing anyone who came to the shelters a guaranteed safe place to spend the night.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Barrett Smith said an arctic air mass is responsible for the cold snap. Temperatures have dropped more than 50 degrees since the warm spell around Christmas.

Optical fiber used for high speed internet.
Michel Tronchetti

What began as a fiber optic network for a more efficient traffic light system in Greensboro could mean better Internet access for the Triad.  Greensboro laid a fiber network for its traffic signals seven years ago.  But much of that high-speed cable is going unused. 

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In pro-football, the Carolina Panthers captured the NFC's Number 1 seed for the first time in their history with a 38-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Quarterback Cam Newton says the Panthers are just two home game wins from reaching the Super Bowl.

"We find our edge in playing in front of our home crowd," Newton said.

"Everything just feels just right. We don't have to necessarily travel to a hostile environment, you know, when this is our house and hostile for our opponents to come through."

A set of three security cameras on the side of a church all pointing in the wrong direction in Durham, North Carolina.
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County sheriff offices across North Carolina are now offering security training for churches.

Eddie Caldwell of the North Carolina Sheriff's Association said churches began asking for help after the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. this summer.

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A study from NC State University found that more than 40 percent of young American adults have moved away from home, but they aren't financially self-reliant.

People walk past erosion on the beach caused by Hurricane Ophelia on Kure Beach, N.C. in 2005.
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Kure and Carolina Beaches are closed until spring for a roughly $10 million beach nourishment project. Sand dredged up from the ocean is being used to replenish the eroding beaches.

Balabhadra (left), Subhadra (center) and Lord Jagannath (right) on display at a temple in Bhubenswar, India.
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Pilgrims flocked to the Hindu temple in Morrisville this weekend to celebrate the installation of three new deities there.

Trilok Pillai of the Hindu Society of North Carolina says about 1,000 people came to honor Lord Jagannath, who is considered by some Hindus to be a form of the protector god Vishnu. Jagannath  was installed with his brother and sister deities, Balahadra and Subhadra.

Pillai says the temple was already well attended, but he expects the new installations will draw more faithful.

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Carolina Panthers

Quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to their 18th-straight regular season victory Sunday. They beat the New York Giants 38-35.  Newton threw for five touchdowns to build up a 28-point lead before New York stormed back to tie it with less than two minutes remaining.

A picture of a homeless man and a shopping cart.
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Greensboro's homeless population is now guaranteed a safe place to spend the night when the weather drops to dangerous temperatures. This "white flag" emergency system was created after the city's two shelters turned people away on such nights last winter because they reached capacity.

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