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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Military
9:17 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Become US Citizens, And Other Worthy Ways NC Honors Their Service

Some vets will become U.S. citizens in Durham today. Other N.C. communities will commemorate Veterans Day with moments of silence and motor cycle rides.
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Communities across North Carolina are hosting events in honor of Veterans Day today. 

Airman First Class Fabiola Tan of Durham becomes an American citizen today. She is one of six U.S. military veterans and service members who naturalized in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony in Durham County this morning.

Tan came to the United States from the Dominican Republic before she turned four.

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Business & Economy
12:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Fracking Boom: Research Indicates NC Towns Might Not See A Dramatic Impact

Research from Duke University shows that the impact of oil and gas drilling on local governments varies with the diversity of the area's economy and extent of infrastructure.
Credit Ken Skipper, USGS

New research from Duke University's Energy Initiative shows that revenue from oil and gas drilling tends to cover its costs to local governments.

Policy Researcher Daniel Raimi says the drilling boom caused an enormous population boom and demanded expensive infrastructure upgrades in the remote Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota.  But, he says, leases and taxes from the industry also increased the budgets of local governments.

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Education
12:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Wainstein Report On UNC Scandal Goes Before Accrediting Agency

A regional accrediting agency is reviewing new evidence showing that more than 3,000 UNC-Chapel Hill students were enrolled in now-show classes over two decades.
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A regional accrediting agency is launching another probe into UNC-Chapel Hill's academic fraud scandal.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is reviewing the findings of the independent Wainstein Report. That document showed that more than 3,000 students were enrolled in no-show classes and bogus independent studies.

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Health
6:34 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Study: Pharmacists Could Play An Integral Role In Patient Care

Community Care of North Carolina is working with the UNC Pharmacy School and GSK employees to develop a system to improve and streamline outpatient care.
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Health care organizations in North Carolina are expanding an initiative to see how doctors and pharmacists cooperate to streamline patient care.

Community Care of North Carolina has already set up a program in which 3,000 GlaxoSmithKline employees see doctors who coordinate all their treatment.

But CCNC President Doctor Allen Dobson says that primary care physicians don't always know all the medications a patient is taking, especially if they're seeing other specialists for multiple conditions.

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Sports
7:58 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Saints March In Over The Carolina Panthers

The Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints.
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In NFL action, the Carolina Panthers lost again last night, 28-to-10, to the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints' defense sacked Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers. Newton spent much of the night under heavy pressure playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters. He was limited to 151 yards passing.

After the game, Newton responded to questions about whether he was pressing, or trying to do too much.

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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.
Credit Mindaugas Danys / Creative Commons

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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