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.


8:58 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Why Some Are Planning To Sue Unless Guns Are Admitted To NC State Fair

The N.C. General Assembly expanded the rights of concealed-carry permit holders last year. But now, Agriculture Officials and gun rights activists disagree about what that means for the state fair.
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The North Carolina General Assembly expanded the rights of concealed-carry permit holders last year. But now, Agriculture officials and gun rights activists disagree about what that means for the State Fair.

Grass Roots North Carolina activists have threatened to sue the Fair, saying that includes the fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The fair has a long standing gun ban. But new language in state law now allows concealed-carry permit holders to have firearms at any assembly where a fee has been charged for admission.

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Business & Economy
9:25 am
Wed October 1, 2014

High Rock Salt Costs Hit Raleigh In The Budget Before Winter

NCDOT replenished its road salt stores after a series of ice storms last winter. But this season's higher prices are making it hard for Raleigh to do the same.
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Communities across the country are trying to replenish their stores of road salt. But, after the past harsh winter, the price of rock salt is climbing drastically.

Chris McGee is Raleigh's Transportation Field Services Manager. He says the city uses about 1,500 tons in a typical winter. But McGee said they used more than 4,000 tons this time around. Also, their cheaper purchasing contract just ended.

Raleigh recently signed a three-year contract that is 25 percent more expensive than the last one. McGee said they're buying enough salt for a typical winter right now.

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8:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Panthers' Weakened Offense, Defense Give Up Win To Ravens

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, 38-10.

Coach Ron Rivera was vocal about his disappointment.

The Panthers' offense was weakened to begin with. Two running backs were sidelined with injuries before the game, and DeAngelo Williams injured his ankle during a rush in the first half.

Rivera said that's no excuse.

“It doesn't matter who the running back is; we've still got to block,” Rivera said. “And we're going to be looking to do some things differently and do things the right way.”

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1:27 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Hundreds Of Child Immigrants Await Their Fates In N.C.

Undocumented child immigrants are being placed with friends and family members as they await immigration court proceedings.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants have turned themselves in at the U.S. Border this year.

Once they’ve been arrested, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement looks for places to put these kids until their day in immigration court.

The O.R.R. reports 1,648 children were placed in North Carolina between January and August.

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bikefest Revs Up Its 10th Birthday Party

Motorcycle enthusiasts and the public will flock to Bikefest in downtown Raleigh this weekend.
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The Capital City Bikefest kicks off in Raleigh this weekend.

The event will feature a classic motorcycle exhibit, a high wire stunt act and a biker fashion show. There also will be a ride to raise money for the U.S.O. and the U.S. Veterans Corps.

Kris Weiss is a spokesman for Ray Price Harley Davidson, which organizes the festival. He says the festival began when Raleigh launched efforts to revitalize downtown a decade ago.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The Most Natural Thing': The Wood Brothers Play Tonight In Saxapahaw

The Wood Brothers are playing in Saxapahaw tonight.
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Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate ways after growing up in Boulder, Colorado. 

Oliver headed to Atlanta where he formed the band King Johnson which combined, blues, R&B, funk and country. 

Chris traveled to New York to continue his studies on jazz bass and went on to form the instrumental Medeski, Martin and Wood

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8:26 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Panthers' Newton: 'It Starts With Myself. I Have To Be Better.'

#Panthers lose. Final Score: Pittsburgh 37, Carolina 19. #KeepPounding
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, 37-19.

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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

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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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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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