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Lauren Terrazas


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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Not everyone is born with a love for mariachi music. But it’s hard not to appreciate it when “el mejor mariachi del mundo” is your foundation. Jonathan Palomar and Debra Torres share with us how the genre is thriving and celebrated at the annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza (0:17).

Then, Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan has a conversation with the sons of the late Tejano music legend Emilio Navaira (15:12).

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The San Antonio City Council approved 10 guiding principles Thursday intended to help increase civic engagement at public meetings, which will now be implemented at each community forum.

Photography by Harrison Photographic

Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank that supports liberal immigration policies, is also the author of “Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together.”

In the book, Selee explains how the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. has evolved in the 25 years since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


President Trump repeatedly referred to the North American Free Trade Agreement as “the worst trade deal ever made.” But how did the agreement serve border relations since its signing in 1993?

Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank that supports liberal immigration policies, joins us to talk about his new book about the forces that have bound the U.S. and Mexico since NAFTA was enacted.

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Updated Jan. 9.

Texas Public Radio and local businessman and philanthropist Guillermo Nicolas announced the station’s new headquarters will officially be named the Irma & Emilio Nicolas Media Center.

Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio; Bógar Adame; Lauren Terrazas / Texas Public Radio; Josh Huskin

Our 2018 year in review continues with some of our best arts stories:

  • The housekeeping staff of a local university created a collection of cookbooks (00:24)
  • A course on “Taco Literacy” (02:41)
  • An art exhibit celebrates the San Antonio LGBTQ community (04:32)
  • Alameda Theater revival (06:41)
  • Mariachi serenades on Mother’s Day (10:13)
  • Día de los Muertos celebration (11:56)
  • Musician, composer and songwriter of Pixar’s “Coco” (13:28)
  • The drummer behind “Birdman” (16:07)
  • A Mexican-native musician keeping traditions alive (18:33)

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Family, friends, and colleagues filled the San Fernando Cathedral Wednesday evening, as they memorialized County Commissioner Paul Elizondo.


This is our year in review.

  • A Mexican-American literature course at a local high school (0:21)
  • Regrets of a former Border Patrol agent (2:43)
  • The hidden African-American history of San Antonio (4:46)
  • A granddaughter of a Nazi (7:09)
  • The dangers of reporting from the border (10:13)
  • The descendants of the victims of a 100-year-old massacre (13:17)
  • A former Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire (17:17)

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune

A temporary migrant facility opened in West Texas in June with the intention of housing up to 300 Central American teens. Six months later, the facility has grown to a capacity of over 2,700, and operations behind its tarped fences remain a mystery.

Joshua Rubin has been documenting what occurs in the Tornillo tent city for the past three months and joins us to discuss what he has seen.

Christina Simons / MSF

The thousands of Central Americans arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fueled calls for increased border security and immigration reform. Officials on both sides of the border have their take on the issue, but what about thoughts from those who meet with the refugees along their journey? Jason Cone and Samuel Almeida are with Médecins Sans Frontières, better known as Doctors Without Borders.