Rebecca Martinez

Morning Producer

Rebecca Martinez produces WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition. She reports breaking news as well as feature stories and interviews about a range of subjects, including immigration enforcement and environmental sustainability. She knows a lot about municipal solid waste.

Rebecca is also the co-creator and founding producer of The Civilist with Steven Petrow. The podcast is a partnership between WUNC and PRI, and it explores how people can talk respectfully about controversial and awkward topics.

Before coming to North Carolina, Rebecca was a reporter and host at Wyoming Public Radio, where she created the "Upstarts" entrepreneur profile series. 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. Her reporting has aired on NPR, the BBC, PRI, Marketplace and National Native News.

She lives in Durham, where she volunteers on the crisis line at Durham Crisis Response Center. She also occasionally leads bike tours of the city’s murals.

Ways to Connect

a tall stack of shipping containers
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The Coast Guard is asking boaters and beachgoers to be on the lookout for loose shipping containers after 70 containers fell from a cargo ship Saturday and only a few have been found, according to Petty Officer Third Class Ronald Hodges.

canned food
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

More than 12 percent of Americans experience food insecurity and many depend on food banks to make it through a year.

The Wolf Law Library / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/8gB6Lx

American kids are bombarded with ads for sugary, processed food and drinks, and for many poor families, those are all they can afford. That's why researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute say public health efforts to halt the childhood obesity epidemic have failed.

A chart showing the electricity generation capacity in North Carolina in 2016.
Courtesy of NCSU

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline promises to bring huge quantities of cheap natural gas to North Carolina, which could slow growth for solar power.

North Carolina is technically the second largest producer of solar energy in America. N.C. State University Energy Economist Harrison Fell explained the state is capable of running seven percent of the energy grid on solar. But, of course, it's not always sunny.

a boy hiding his face
Suzanne Tucker / Courtesy of the Children's Home Society of North Carolina

North Carolina doesn't have enough school nurses or counselors, and that's impacting child health across the state. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the advocacy group N.C. Child gave the state "D" grades for school health and mental health on its Child Health Report Card.

sign of RDU
Courtesy of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Raleigh Durham International Airport recently announced nonstop flights to New Orleans, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 6 other destinations. 

Image of study assessment for young kid
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

There's a lot of noise on the Internet about how to support and teach children with Autism. The National Clearinghouse for Autism Evidence and Practice has been working to cut through it by offering in-depth analysis of reliable research for teachers and families.

two coyotes
Courtesy of eMammal

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has wrapped up public comment for its draft coyote management plan.

Robert Plant's new album "Carry Fire."
Warner Brothers

Robert Plant’s latest solo record Carry Fire is steeped in majesty and travel to far off places. The iconic singer, writer and seeker digs deep into the sounds he created with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. It’s the same group of fellow travelers he spent two years crossing the globe with in support of the highly acclaimed “lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar.”

Cape Hatteras
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It's been about a month since the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse fell dark. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the mechanical structure within the 200 year-old building.

A drawing of Masterpiece, the poodle.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In the 1960's, the poodle was the most popular dog in the country.  The poodle's rise to fame in America is due in large part to one man, and one dog.  The story of Count Pulaski and what happened to his  Masterpiece are the subject of this week's Criminal podcast.

Criminal is recorded at WUNC.

Aeyron Scout drone
creative commons

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is applying to be part of a federal drone program.

North Carolina hopes to use drones to deliver emergency supplies in the state, but several issues will need to be worked out first, according to Basil Yap, program manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems of the NC Division of Aviation.

This is WUNC's 8:04 AM newscast from August 28, 2017. It is posted here for the purposes of judging in award contests.

Abasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL N.C. Central University physics studentsAbasi Brown and Deandria Harper, working at TUNL
Diane Markoff / NCCU-TUNL Group

North Carolina Central University has joined Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State Universities as a full partner of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. The lab, called TUNL (like, "tunnel") for short, is one of four Department of Energy Centers of Excellence for nuclear physics in the country.

At least seven people have died from flu complications in North Carolina, according to health officials.
Mike Mozart / flickr, Creative Commons

More than 1,200 patients at WakeMed Health and Hospitals have tested positive for the influenza virus this month.

Jack Mayer Wood / Courtesy of N.C. State University

It takes a lot to evolve a tail worthy of combat. Researchers at N.C. State University have found that only huge, slow vegetarians with body armor developed weaponized tails.

Brandon Lemasters, standing, helps a friend change a tire on his SUV on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Winston-Salem, after the vehicle slid through a curve on a ice-covered street the day before and hit a curb.
Skip Foreman / AP

Updated 5:45 p.m. | Jan. 18, 2018

Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters.

A picture of lights on a police car.
Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr Creative Commons

The General Assembly has ordered the DMV to update guidelines in its handbook and drivers' ed curriculum about how drivers and officers act during traffic stops.

Dr. Francis Aniekwensi is a partner at Beckford Medical Center. In Warren County, a primary care desert, Aniekwensi is working to improve health conditions for the more than 10,000 patients who frequent the three Beckford clinics.
Christine Nguyen, The Daily Dispatch / For WUNC

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.2 million to the REACH Equity Center at Duke Health. Research shows that minorities often receive poor-quality health care.

The Tech Jobs Tour convenes America's innovators across all areas of technology. Photo from Tech Jobs Tour Portland on April 27, 2017 at Coopers Hall. (Portland, OR)
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Companies that promote diversity are more innovative, according to a new study from N.C. State University's Poole College of Management.

Tom Knott blew snow off the steps and sidewalks around Christ Church in downtown Raleigh. Knott works on the church’s maintenance crew.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 8:58 a.m. | Jan. 5, 2018

It's bitterly cold in North Carolina after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of snow in the eastern part of the state.

Marcus Yensen, security officer at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. He planned to bundle up this week as he makes his daily rounds
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The North Carolina Coastal Plain is gripped by a cold snap that hasn't been seen in almost a century.

A picture of a snowy roadway through a windshield.
Ebowalker / pixabay.com/en/winter-driving-windshield-snow-633965/

Winter storms can hit with little warning, so AAA Carolinas is advising drivers to prepare before roadways get hazardous.

A picture of gift wrapping supplies
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Christmas is no time to take a holiday from recycling. That's according to Raleigh Environmental Coordinator Bianca Howard.

This week's year-end episode of Criminal shares some listener stories about spooky visitors.
Julienne Alexander / CRIMINAL

The Criminal podcast often examines the back story of infamous crimes. But one popular story remained a mystery, and made some of your skin crawl. This week's year-end episode of Criminal shares some listener stories about spooky visitors. 

A silhouette of a young pregnant woman.
Sarah Zucca / flickr.com/photos/livetocreate_photography/12040481414

North Carolina's teen pregnancy rate has reached a record low level for the ninth consecutive year, according for a report from the nonprofit adolescent health initiative Shift NC.

Trinn Suwannapha

Today is World AIDS Day and the North Carolina AIDS Action Network is encouraging people who are at risk of HIV or who are HIV positive to enroll in health insurance during open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. 

A drawing of fingerprints.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In the latest Criminal podcast, we hear about the notorious wrongful conviction of Willie Grimes, who was arrested in Hickory in 1987 on rape and kidnapping charges and spent more than two decades in prison.

Thom Tillis
www.thomtillis.com

North Carolina is being upheld as the poster child for the tax plan Congressional Republicans are struggling to pass.

traffic on Interstate 40 in Durham
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Thanksgiving is just days away, and that means many North Carolinians are getting ready to hit the road.

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