Lauren Terrazas | Texas Public Radio

Lauren Terrazas

Producer

Lauren Terrazas is an El Paso native and produces "Morning Edition" and "Fronteras" for Texas Public Radio. She began her work in broadcasting as an intern at KTEP, El Paso’s public radio station. While at KTEP, she went to become a production assistant and then chief announcer for "Morning Edition."

Lauren supervised part-time student employees and interns while producing local public affairs programs. She also created KTEP’s first production handbook.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in organizational and corporate communication from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017 and is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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The Texas summer of 2020 took a turn for the worse this week. Triple-digit temperatures throughout the weekend scorched the San Antonio region and forced officials in San Antonio and New Braunfels to issue drought restrictions.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Friday was the last day to cast an early vote for next week’s primary runoff elections.

Kevin Ford

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke rode a blue wave across Texas during the 2018 midterm elections. While O’Rourke ultimately lost to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz by the narrowest of margins, it was a progressive movement filmmaker Kevin Ford wanted to capture.

Ford’s documentary, The Pushback, chronicles two newly-elected public officials — Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Councilwoman Natasha Harper-Madison — and shines a light on immigrant rights and institutional racism across the state.

Texas Women's Foundation

  • Women in Texas have come a long way, but they’re still trailing behind men economically. Dena L. Jackson is the chief operating officer of the Texas Women’s Foundation, which issued a report that examines the economic status of women in the Lone Star State.

  • The experience of becoming a U.S. citizen is no quick and easy process. Add a global pandemic to the mix and it completely changes the typical pathway to citizenship, which some have been on for years looking forward to the day they take their oath.

Martin do Nascimento | KUT

Many recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program collectively took a sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the program last week. But the state of uncertainty that “Dreamers” live in is far from over.

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, dissect the high court’s decision and discuss what comes next.

University of Utah

When it comes to human trafficking, victims and perpetrators haven’t always been clearly defined within the United States’ legal history.

Annie Isabel Fukushima examines the racist and colonialist history that shaped U.S. trafficking laws and how they impact Asian and Latinx migrants in her book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.


Angela Kocherga | KTEP

Ron Stallworth was the first Black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. The former officer infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979, a feat that he memorialized in his best-selling book, Black Klansman.

Stallworth reflected on decades of incidents of police violence against black Americans, including the recent death of George Floyd which has reignited momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

It’s been almost two weeks since George Floyd died after a white former Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck for several minutes. His death touched a nerve that sparked anger and protests in the U.S. and around the world.

Latinx protestors have been especially outspoken in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and this black-brown unity is changing the prejudice discourse within their own culture.

Bexar County Republican Party Chair Cynthia Brehm speaking to a crowd.
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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for the resignation of Bexar County Republican Party Chairperson Cynthia Brehm. 

Data compiled by Dr. Rogelio Sáenz from state COVID-19 data portals

The number of Latinos who have died of coronavirus complications in the U.S. narrowly outpaces the rate of white fatalities. One San Antonio researcher believes the number of Latino deaths may not be as accurate as it’s being portrayed.

Dr. Rogelio Sáenz — professor of demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio — decided to investigate if the statistics for the Latino population are somehow skewed.

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