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
8:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash

Raleigh is considering changes to the R-line, a free circulator bus system downtown.
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Raleigh has commissioned a private consultant to evaluate the free downtown circulator bus system.

The R-Line was created in 2009 to boost tourism and economic development, and the city pays $1 million per year to keep it running.

But riders of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system say it's unfair that they have to pay fares on the separate system. Most CAT riders live below the poverty line and depend on the system for their commute. Raleigh will raise the $1 fare by $.50 next year.

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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Runoff Voters Get More "Bang For Their Buck"

A higher percentage of voters than expected turned out to vote in second primaries across the state Tuesday.
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Voters in 37 counties headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in second-primary – or runoff – elections. In North Carolina, a second primary is necessary when no candidate claims more than 40-percent of the first primary votes.

Joshua Lawson of the State Board of Elections said a bit more than 6 percent of eligible voters turned out. He says that's actually not bad for a runoff.

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Business & Economy
8:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio

Reynolds American Tobacco stands to acquire the Newport brand of cigarettes if its merger with Lorillard goes through.
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Reynolds American plans to acquire Lorillard as part of a $27 billion merger. The deal would bring together the second- and third-largest tobacco companies in America.

Reynolds owns the popular Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, but now they stand to acquire Lorillard's iconic Newport brand.

Reynolds President Susan Cameron said she's had her eye on it for some time.

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Business & Economy
12:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

PSNC Considers Historic Barns, Gravesites In New Pipeline Route

PSNC is considering routes to extend a natural gas pipeline in Wake and Franklin Counties.
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PSNC Energy is taking feedback from property owners about plans to lay a natural gas pipeline. The company wants to extend an existing transmission line from Northern Wake County into Eastern Franklin County and south to Zebulon.

PSNC Spokeswoman Angela Townsend said the company is working to keep up with anticipated population growth in the area. She did not comment on the projected increase of customers or pipeline capacity. Townsend said the extension would be up to 29 miles long.

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Sports
9:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday

Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens is returning to Durham Wednesday for the AAA All Star Game.
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The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday. 

The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.  Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend. 

Scott Carter works for the Bulls.  He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.

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Environment
8:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans

Business and home owners and renters whose property was damaged in the April 25 storms and tornadoes have until today to apply for disaster loans from the federal Small Business Association.
Credit Blair Busby

Victims of severe storms and tornadoes that swept through 12 coastal counties in late April are eligible for federal disaster relief loans, if they turn in their applications today.

Business and homeowners, and renters, can apply for loans of varying levels from the Small Business Association. Interest rates are from 2 to 3 percent and can be paid off over 30 years.

Jay MacKenna of the SBA says these loans cover physical and property damage.

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Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Loamlands Takes On Heavy Themes, Heavy Guitar In 'Some Kind Of Light'

Kym Register and Will Hackney make up Loamlands.
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Kym Register and Will Hackney are back in the Triangle after a long stint on the road. The pair makes up the band, Loamlands, and they’re playing a homecoming show in Carrboro this weekend.

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Law
8:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences

A Durham Police officer admitted lying about receiving a 911 call as a pretense to enter a residence and serve a warrant. He told a judge is was a common practice in the department.
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The Durham Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer lied about receiving a 911 call from a residence to gain access to the home and serve a warrant.

The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.

Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.

City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.

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Environment
8:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur is expecting to pass along the Outer Banks today on its way up the Atlantic Coast.
Credit National Weather Service

Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.

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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Might Send Holiday Travelers To The Mountains

A tropical storm could impact the Outer Banks this July 4th weekend. Asheville is getting ready for holiday travelers, and might see some people redirected by the storm.
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AAA is forecasting the busiest July 4th travel weekend since 2001, in part because of a recovering economy. But with a tropical storm headed toward the Outer Banks, travelers might end up making other plans.

It's not yet clear whether Tropical Storm Arthur will make landfall in North Carolina, but Dare County is readying its hurricane action plan, just in case.

On the other side of the state, tourism is up already in Asheville this summer.

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