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Rebecca Martinez

Podcast Producer

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.

Rebecca began her radio career at her college station in Harrisonburg, VA before moving onto NPR, Wyoming Public Radio, and WUNC. Her work has aired on NPR, APM, the BBC, National Native News and Gimlet Media, and it has received several PRNDI awards.

Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is an LCSWA. She works as a therapist a few hours per week. She lives in Durham with her family. She loves to hike and probably drinks a little too much coffee.

  • In the decades after Emancipation, many African Americans left the rural South amid the Great Migration. In the meantime, many white home owners across the United States were encouraged to add language to their deeds, making it illegal for Black people to ever live in their houses.
  • Host Rebecca Martinez explores the history and impact of racist housing covenants, and spotlights a new effort to uncover them.
  • There's a big #BlackVanLife movement out there, especially among Black women, that touches on a lot of pressing social issues exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Host Rebecca Martinez speaks with Durham artist Marcella Zibguo Camara about her decision to get in on the #BlackVanlife movement.
  • After a year when it was hard not to get the blues, something to sing about: Host Leoneda Inge checks in on some older musicians whose health and income struggled with venues closed and gatherings prohibited. She talks with Tim Duffy and Brittany Anderson of The Music Maker Relief Foundation about finding ways to support artists during an unprecedented time. Plus, an exclusive performance by Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. | Check out the Freight Train Blues Virtual Music Series at wunc.org/events.
  • The global pandemic gave us so many reasons to feel like giving up. So, when Charlotte-based journalist Sarah Delia went to work telling the story of COVID-19 in her community, she decided to focus on tales of resilience. Guest host Rebecca Martinez talks to Delia about her podcast Still Here from WFAE. | Keep up with WUNC's podcasts and the latest news on Twitter @wunc.
  • Host Leoneda Inge discusses the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause and its influence on vaccine messaging within communities of color in North Carolina. | Support this show with a donation to wunc.org/give.
  • Host Dave DeWitt talks to WUNC reporter Jason deBruyn about the recommendations from the governor's Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice — and the criticisms of them.
  • Host Leoneda Inge introduces listeners to The ARC of Justice, a special audio series from WUNC and the podcast Ways & Means, which examines the role of the U.S. government in creating the racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans. | Follow Leoneda on Twitter @leonedainge.
  • Host Dave DeWitt talks to Touro College’s Dean of Health Sciences Louis Primavera about the identity issues that come with retirement.