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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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Bars closing, social gatherings limited to 10 people, restaurants restricted to take-out only, visitors banned from nursing homes — COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted life in the U.S. 

But life along the U.S.-Mexico border and in bicultural communities is grappling with their own set of challenges. From El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley, reporters from across the region have been examining the unexpected social, cultural and health challenges that have emerged as officials try to act swiftly to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar speaks in a TPR file photo.
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Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced preventative measures to protect inmates and employees.

Courtesy of Octavio Quintanilla

Poet Laureates are government-appointed figures whose voices not only promote poetry, but often reflect and speak to the current sentiment of the country. In 2012, San Antonio became the first Texas city to name its own poet laureate.

The city’s current Poet Laureate, Octavio Quintanilla, wraps up his two-year term this year.

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The works of two San Antonio-area artists are elevated to a national stage by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Texas Public Radio’s Dominic Anthony and Jack Morgan profile the iconic artists and their lasting legacies.


Paul Gargaliano

Many in the industry have known for decades people of color are not represented enough in literature and the publishing world, and that concerns writers across the country. Over 12,000 people are expected to attend a major writing conference in San Antonio next week. 

Two local authors weigh in on the controversy surrounding diversity in the world of writers, and what it means to host the Association of Writers and Writers Program (AWP) in a city with a 25% illiteracy rate.

Courtesy of Enrique Alemán.

Editor’s Note: Insensitive language frequently used in the mid-20th Century is included in this story.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that racial desegregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Some school districts were not swayed by Brown v. Board of Education and found ways to discriminate. 

Mexican-American students in Driscoll, Texas, were purposely held back to avoid “retarding” the white students. Students with Spanish surnames were made to take first grade for three years. It didn’t matter how fluent they were in English, or if English was their primary language. As a result, Mexican-American students were graduating from high school in their early 20s.

Courtesy of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Labor leader and activist Dolores Huerta fought alongside Cesar Chavez to unionize farm workers, but her life in activism didn’t end at the picket line.

She continues to work for the working poor, women, and children, through the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Huerta was recently the guest of honor at an event hosted by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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A 15th case of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has been confirmed in the U.S., and this time it's in San Antonio.

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The name of Dolores Huerta is often spoken in the same breath as that of labor rights icon, Cesar Chavez. Huerta looks none of her 89 years. Wearing a bright red blazer and black pants, her diminutive figure was larger than life when she spoke to a sold out breakfast Tuesday for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

San Antonio educator Haroon Monis wrote his book "A Refugee's Story" after fleeing from his war ravaged homeland, Afghanistan, in the 1980s.
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A 2019 report by the Institute for Peace and Economics labeled Afghanistan as the “least peaceful” country in the world. More than 10% of all refugees worldwide are from Afghanistan — second only to Syria — and 94,000 Afghan refugees lived in the U.S. as of 2016.

A San Antonio educator was one of the millions of people who were displaced when the Soviet army invaded his native country of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Haroon Monis shares his experience of fleeing his war-ravaged homeland in his book, “A Refugee’s Story.”