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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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Raleigh’s New Houses, Historic Districts; What Should The Rules Be?

Moore Square is one of Raleigh's historic districts.
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Raleigh's Historic Development Commission is hosting a public meeting tonight about the city's historic preservation rules. Experts and the public will weigh in on the city's design guidelines for appropriate building projects in historic districts.

Martha Lauer is a city planner and also directs the Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

“The city would like to see changes in its local historic districts managed so that the character in each district is protected,” she said.

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Business & Economy
9:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Triangle's Brainpower, Airport Draw Tech Expansion, And 1200 New Jobs

Credit HCL Technologies

A $5 billion global tech company announced today that it's expanding its operations in Wake County.  Now, the company plans to create more than 1,237 new jobs in Cary.

HCL Technologies is an India-based information technology company. They cover a huge range of services, from equipment manufacturing to airline transport logistics, to energy utility billing.

Rajiv Sodhi is the chief workforce competitive officer at HCL. He says they were looking for a place to centralize service for customers on the east coast.

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Environment
12:55 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

If Natural Gas Wells Used In Fracking Are Contaminating Water, Why Isn’t Fracking To Blame?

A Duke study shows that faulty gas wells, not fracking itself, were responsible for water contamination at several sites in Pennsylvania and Texas.
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Big news came out this week about fracking: Duke scientists have found that natural gas wells used in fracking caused contamination in eight drinking water wells in Texas and Pennsylvania.

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Environment
12:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Duke University Study Blames Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, For Water Contamination

A drilling site in northeastern Louisiana.
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A Duke University study exonerates hydraulic fracturing from contaminating drinking water at sites in Pennsylvania and Texas. Instead, researchers blame faulty shale gas wells for leaking methane into the water, sometimes making it flammable.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hofmann Forest Gets A New Prospective Buyer; Lawsuit Remains In Appeals Court

The Hofmann Forest has been used for forestry research for decades. Now, N.C. State University has updated an agreement to sell it to a sustainable timber forestry organization and another company owned by a prominent Midwestern farming family.
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

A new buyer has been added to the sales agreement for the 78,000-acre Hofmann Forest.

N.C. State University plans to sell two-thirds of the property to an Alabama-based sustainable timber company called Resource Management Service. The remaining third will still go to Hofmann Forest, LLC, which is owned by the Walkers, a prominent farming family in Illinois.

NC State spokesman Brad Bohlander says endowment trustees are happy to have the timber company on board.

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Health
9:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

With Open Enrollment Around The Corner, 3 Insurance Navigator Groups Receive Funding

Three organizations have received federal funding to help North Carolinians enroll in health insurance this year.
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The three-month open-enrollment period for federally subsidized health care starts in November. This year, federal funding to help people enroll in subsidized health insurance has dropped.

Sorien Schmidt works with the North Carolina chapter of Enroll America to connect people with navigator organizations. She says enrollment was a success last year, but there are still one million uninsured North Carolinians and others will need help to re-enroll.

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Business & Economy
8:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Survey: CFOs Would Lay Off Employees If Minimum Wage Rises To $15

A national survey of CFOs reports that companies would likely layoff employees if the federal minimum wage were to double.
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Chief Financial Officers across the country say that hiking the federal minimum wage could lead to mass layoffs. Rebecca Martinez reports they're not willing to move far from the $7.25-per-hour standard.

Duke University and CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey wrapped up Friday, after 74 consecutive quarters. It's world's longest-running survey of senior finance executives. They say few companies would act if the minimum wage were raised to $8.75 an hour.

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Health
8:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Belhaven Mayor Is '100 Percent' That Local Hospital Will Reopen

Mayor Adam O'Neal walked nearly 300 miles from his town of Belhaven, N.C. to Washington, D.C., advocating to reopen the Pungo Hospital.
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Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neill says he's optimistic that the hospital in his town will reopen soon.

The non-profit Vidant Health closed the Pungo hospital there this summer, which served low-income and minority populations. 

Mayor O'Neill walked nearly 300 miles to Washington, D.C. to ask regulators to look into the closure.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate whether Vidant's closing of the hospital has displayed unlawful discrimination based on race and national origin.

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Sports
7:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Without Newton's Help, Panthers Make Buccaneers Walk The Plank

The Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener yesterday.
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In their NFL season opener yesterday, the Carolina Panthers swabbed the deck with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Panthers Quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He was standing in for Cam Newton, who was benched with a pre-season rib injury.

But the 20-to-14 victory didn't come easy. The Panthers shut Tampa out for the first three quarters. But when Coach Ron Rivera addressed his team in the locker room after the game, he scolded them for letting the Bucs sneak in two late touchdowns.

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Environment
9:03 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Fewer Turtle Nests Found On Cape Hatteras This Year - Why Scientists Aren't Worried

A loggerhead hatchling makes it's way to the ocean at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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The Cape Hatteras National Seashore researchers found at least 121 turtle nests since May. That's about half the record number of nests found last summer.

But Research Coordinator Britta Muiznieks says this year's count is average and she's not worried.

"Sea turtles don't nest every year. They nest every two to three years. There are no alarm bells going off because our numbers are declining compared to last year," she says.

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