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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Education
8:02 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Trashy Reading: Raleigh Solid Waste Dept. Starts A Book Club

Raleigh's solid waste department is starting a book club to share information and start a discussion about how garbage is managed.
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A new book club in Raleigh is encouraging some trashy reading this summer.

The Solid Waste Services Department says it's a way of celebrating the 25 years since Raleigh set up a curbside recycling program, and the city wants readers to learn more about how garbage is managed and how recycling works.

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Law
8:13 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Pittsboro Residents Group Sues Town Over Chatham Park Plans

A group of residents is challenging Pittsboro's decision to approve a re-zoning request on the Chatham Park Planned Development District.
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A group of Pittsboro residents is suing the town board of commissioners for approving a re-zoning request for the Chatham Park Planned Development District.

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Health
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NC Considers Whether It Could Train (And Retain) Its Own Optometrists

The General Assembly has asked North Carolina's public and private universities to study whether they could feasibly establish at least one optometry school in the state.
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North Carolina's proposed budget includes a request for public and private university networks to study the feasibility of creating at least one optometry school in the state.

Aspiring optometrists currently have to leave North Carolina for their education.

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Business & Economy
9:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Orange County Leaders Declare A Need For More Assisted Housing Options

Carrboro's and Chapel Hill's mayors spoke out against the dwindling number of section 8 housing available for low-income families there.
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Several major property management companies in Carrboro and Chapel Hill are no longer accepting federal housing assistance vouchers.  Housing assistance advocates say options for low-income families in the area are dwindling.

James Davis of the Orange County Housing Authority said at a press conference in Carrboro yesterday that there's a misconception that Section 8 recipients don't work, or that participating in the Section 8 program is difficult.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue August 5, 2014

'Beauty World' Conjures Raw Pop And Dreamy Imagery

Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson make up the Durham duo Beauty World.
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Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson have each honed their chops with bands including Lost in the Trees, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Bowerbirds.  Recently the two Durhamites joined forces to form Beauty World.

The duo is also a couple. They've both played in several bands, but were introduced by a mutual friend.

The five-song E.P. features the song, "Architect". Webster wrote it about his own challenges in learning building design.

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Politics & Government
8:19 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Judge's Order Could Lead To Dismissal Of Cases Against Moral Monday Protesters

A Wake County judge is expected to issue an order that could lead to many cases against Moral Monday protesters being dismissed.
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A decision by a Wake County District Judge to dismiss the cases against five Moral Monday protesters could affect many more of them. Judge Joyce Hamilton came out of retirement to help decide many of the cases.

Last week, Hamilton considered a recent Supreme Court decision that prohibited Massachusetts from blocking protesters in a buffer zone around abortion clinics before making her decision.

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Law
2:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

NC Justice Dept. Investigates Suspicious Fracking Lease Solicitations

NC land owners can now consider selling mineral rights to natural gas fracking companies. Some residents are getting suspicious offers.
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Just a month after the General Assembly voted to allow fracking in North Carolina, landowners in Chapel Hill and Durham are receiving offers to buy the right to drill on their properties.

But these offers are suspicious, and the Department of Justice is investigating them. The documents say they were sent from a Pennsylvania company called Crimson Holding Corporation. It doesn't have a web site, and claims the same address as another company called Campbell Development. Neither is licensed to do business in this state.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mark Eitzel Performs Tonight, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

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Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The North Carolina-based label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music, with a series of concerts. Tonight, Mark Eitzel will be at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus:

Mark Eitzel

Known for: Melancholy tunes and witty lyrics

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

'Megalopolis' To Stretch From Raleigh To Atlanta?

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Researchers at NC State University and the U.S. Geological Survey predict that urban areas in the south will double in size by 2060. If the rate and style of urban sprawl continues, farm and forest land will give way to a "megalopolis" that stretches from Raleigh to Atlanta.

USGS Research Ecologist Adam Terando says the pattern of decentralized development (meaning houses with yards and on cul-de-sacs as well as roadside business centers) will mean cutting further into wildlife habitats.

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Health
9:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

NC Orgs See Effects Of Ebola Outbreak, Follow From Afar

The Ebola virus has infected two aid workers in Western Africa doing relief work with two NC-based organizations. State health officials say they're prepared to handle an Ebola infection, should it occur here.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

North Carolina health officials are following the spread of the Ebola virus in Western Africa. It was announced this week that two aid workers from North Carolina-based relief organizations have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantley of Samaritan's Purse and Nancy Writebol of Service in Mission were both working to combat the outbreak at a hospital in Liberia when they were infected.

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