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Norma Martinez

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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.

Ways to Connect

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.”


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

This week on Fronteras:

One of the most famous photographs to illustrate the zero-tolerance immigration policy by the Trump administration is by photographer John Moore. Moore joined us on Fronteras to discuss the month prior to taking that famous photo.


Megan Zerez for KERA News

On Fronteras:

  • A San Antonio-based nonprofit steps up to assist asylum seekers and refugees going through the appeals process in immigration court (00:15).
  • Refugees making their new homes in Texas share their food culture through community gardens (16:38).


New York University Press

Laura E. Gómez is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles.  Her book “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican-American Race” explores how America’s newest citizens fit into the existing racial class after the war.

Gómez said when 19th century Americans started moving west, they encountered Mexican-Americans, which fell in between the existing racial class of black and white.


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