Norma Martinez

News Anchor

Norma Martinez is a native of El Paso and a veteran of public broadcasting. She began volunteering at the El Paso public radio station KTEP as a college student in 1989. She spent a year as a Morning Edition host and reporter at KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico, before returning to KTEP as a full-time employee in 1995. At KTEP, Norma served as Morning Edition host, chief announcer, Traffic Director, PSA Director, and host and producer of various local shows.

Norma also voiced numerous commercials and worked part-time as a DJ at country, adult contemporary, and classic rock stations in El Paso.

Norma is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, earning a BA in Music Performance. She spent 23 years as a cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays with the all-volunteer South Texas Symphonic Orchestra in San Antonio.

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Josie Méndez-Negrete is a sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her adult son, Robert Lopez, 47, is schizophrenic.
Her 2015 book, “A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia,” recounts their efforts to cope and live with mental illness.


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The National Alliance of Mental Illness reports that Latinos are less likely than people of other nationalities to seek mental health treatment. Josie Méndez-Negrete, sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has an adult son who is schizophrenic and joins us to discuss the issue.


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Drummer Antonio Sanchez wrote and performed the music for the 2014 Oscar-winning film “Birdman,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

On Fronteras:

  • Texas high school students use lessons learned from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to create original performance pieces (0:16).
  • A profile of a San Antonio musician who stands at the crossroads of punk and conjunto (4:39).

  • Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about composing music for the 2014 movie “Birdman” (9:56).


Photos via Getty Images for Undocumented by John Moore, published by powerHouse Books.

John Moore is a special correspondent and staff photographer with Getty Images. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Moore has won numerous awards, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, and photographer of the year from Pictures of the Year International. Moore spent 10 years covering the U.S.-Mexico border, and compiled a number of those photographs in his book, “Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.”


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