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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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.
Credit Carolina Panthers

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
Credit USFWS/Southeast

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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Big Star's Third
6:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Star's Third: An All-Star Celebration Of A Hugely Influential Band

L-R: Jody Stephens, host Eric Hodge, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris and Chris Stamey in the WUNC Studios
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

What music critics have said for years about The Velvet Underground could easily apply to Big Star, too: they were much more influential on later bands than the sum total of all the records they sold. Bands ranging from R.E.M. to Wilco to Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub to Dum Dum Girls all cite the influence of and appreciation for Big Star. A cover version of Big Star's "In The Street" served as the theme song for the popular TV sitcom That '70s Show.

Some thirty musicians (including Mike Mills of R.E.M. fame) are banding together Friday night in Carrboro, NC, to pay tribute to this seminal band by staging orchestrated versions of two of their albums.

  • Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC.
  • When: Friday August 22 Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: via Cat's Cradle

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Health
8:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Charles House To Open Second Nonprofit Assisted Living Home

Seniors garden in at the Charles House Eldercare Home in the Heritage Hills neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
Credit Charles House Association

A Carrboro nonprofit is opening a second home for senior citizens who can't live on their own anymore.

The Charles House Association opened an eldercare home in Chapel Hill's Heritage Hills neighborhood in 2011. There, six residents share chores. They also pay the cost of the facility and the care giving staff.

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Law
8:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Durham City Manager Releases Recommendations For Police Dept.

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield
Credit City of Durham

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is recommending that the Police Department require officers to complete racial equality training.

It's just one of dozens of points from a 131-page report his office compiled in response to complaints of racial bias and profiling within the department.

City Manager Tom Bonfield wrote that he reviewed the recommendations with the police department and six community advocacy groups.

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Education
9:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Stats: How Many College Freshmen Are Moving Where, And Other Facts

Thousands of freshmen are moving onto campus at Triangle universities this week.
Credit Nathan Olivier Photography / Creative Commons

Underclassmen are swarming the Triangle this week, and the flurry of moving boxes has already begun at some universities.

UNC Chapel Hill says nearly 4,000 of today's incoming freshmen were selected from a record number of 31,331 applicants.

Aside from the obvious enrollment data, UNC Chapel Hill keeps track of the most popular first names of the incoming class: 45 guys are named John, and 56 gals answer to Emily.

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Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Hip Hop Summit Promises 30 Acts, 4 Venues, And To Explain What D.U.R.M. Stands For

Saturday's third annual DURM Hip Hop summit boast 30 acts at four venues.
Credit DURM Hip Hop Summit

Emcees, rappers, DJs and beat producers are headed to Durham Saturday for the third annual DURM Hip Hop Summit. The day-long festival will highlight talent in the area's hip hop scene.

Kurrell Rice is one of the organizers of the event.

"There's gonna be, like, break dancing during the breaks. So you're gonna see some dude spin on his head, and then some producer's feelings get crushed because his beat didn't have enough bass in it. And then you're gonna see like one of the next stars from the area perform all on one night."

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Education
7:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wake Tech Program Guides Students Raised In Foster Care To Higher Education

A program called Fostering Bright Futures works to guide students who were raised in foster care through Wake Tech.
Credit aadl / Flickr

A program at Wake Tech Community College is working to help young people aging out of the foster care system transition into college.

Michelle Blackmon is the program coordinator for Fostering Bright Futures. She said kids often don't acquire the same life skills in foster care, or have the same support, that makes going to college easier for kids who grow up with family.

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Military
8:02 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ft. Bragg's Transition Summit Attempts To Connect Soldiers With Employers

Ft. Bragg's Transition Summit is meant to connect soldiers and veterans with potential employers through meetings, forums and a job fair.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Fort Bragg is hosting a Transition Summit today and tomorrow to help out-going soldiers find jobs outside the military.

The federal unemployment rate for veterans is about six percent.  That's according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' July numbers.

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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.
Credit katerha / Creative Commons

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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