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David Martin Davies

Senior Reporter and Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

Twitter: @DavidMartinDavi

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

Davies is the host of "The Source," an hour-long live call-in news program that airs on KSTX at noon Monday through Thursday. Since 1999 he was been the host and producer of "Texas Matters," a weekly radio news magazine and podcast that looks at the issues, events and people in the Lone Star State. 

Davies' reporting has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC. He has written for The San Antonio Light, The San Antonio Express-News, The Texas Observer and other publications.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards. In 2022,2021 and 2020 Davies was recognized with first place awards for News/Public Affairs by the Public Media Journalists Association.

In 2019 Davies was honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for his radio documentary exposing human sex trafficking. Davies was also awarded in 2019 by the Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best talk show. Davies was named the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. In 2019  he was recognized with a First Amendment Awards by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Association for Women in Communications San Antonio Professional Chapter honored Davies with the 2015 Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Headliner Award.

Davies is the author and creator of the comic "San Antonio Secret History." He is the co-author of the book "San Antonio 365"

  • Why did a once popular retail chain go bankrupt? Why are local newspapers laying off reporters? Why is healthcare so expensive? The answer is “private equity.” Private equity firms buy companies, load them with debt, and then bleed them dry. The new book “These are the Plunderers” explains why we are all worse off because of private equity.
  • Today on Texas Matters: Ken Paxton strikes back. After being acquitted from impeachment charges the Texas Attorney General is promising to crush his political enemies. Also, why are Venezuelans coming to the border en masse, and how is TPS going to help many of the Venezuelan asylum seekers?
  • The San Antonio chapter of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council is also known as the Salsa Squad. Their volunteers are weeding out pest plants that are squeezing out native plants in Texas – and impacting our local ecology. How can you help with the restoration of the South Texas and Hill Country native habitat?
  • The federal government is facing another shutdown due to the chaos in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Also, President Joe Biden is now facing an impeachment inquiry after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy claimed Biden profited from his son Hunter Biden's overseas business deals while he was vice president.
  • The actual history of Texas is too important to leave in the hands of the state and the politicians. In the time of book bans and anti-woke grandstanding, wildcatter historian E.R. Bills challenges the official myths of Texas and seeks to set the record straight. He asks other Texans to take a hard look at what we’ve been told about the state’s past, culture and character.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine. This comes just in time: your last inoculation is wearing off, there's a new variant and the winter could bring about the spread of covid season. What do you need to know about the latest protection against the spread of COVID?
  • Nearly 42% of American adults are considered obese, and a recent rise in childhood obesity rates patient advocates call for an end to weight discrimination in health care. How are medical professionals addressing their biases? What is needed to end weight discrimination in health care?
  • After a 13-year-battle, Lerma's has reopened as a community center. The club’s lively nightlife came to a halt in 2010 after structural concerns caused it to get shut down. It was far from the recognizable hotspot it once was. The owners and local activists formed “Save Lerma’s," a movement that would stretch across a decade.
  • When it comes to poverty in America, many of the nation’s most disadvantaged communities are not in the big cities but mainly in the rural areas, including in South Texas.And these are places where there are few assistance programs, resources or attention given to the struggle of families. What questions do you have about the injustice of place?
  • Bexar County’s budget has long suffered from a lack of equity. Some precincts have enjoyed larger allocations for roads, drainage, and other infrastructure. There are calls for greater transparency for how the county budget pie is sliced. Should all four precincts be equally capped? or should there be an adjustment for growth or historic need?