Virginia Alvino | Texas Public Radio

Virginia Alvino


Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015, and lef the organization in February, 2016. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting. 

Virginia left TPR in 2016 to join the staff of WESA-FM 90.5 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ways to Connect

Immigration and Customs Enforcement last weekend began a targeted deportation of Central Americans who are in the country illegally. That includes families in Texas.

Thousands of Central American women and children fleeing violence have been released from family detention centers in the last 18 months. But there aren't enough community and legal services to help them make their cases for asylum. 

That’s according to Johnathan Ryan, executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, RAICES.

Joyce Marshall / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Texas Tornadoes Kill 11, Damage Adds Up To $1.2 Billion

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Starting January 1st, Texans with a concealed handgun license will be allowed to carry their firearms openly, with some restrictions. But many people still have questions about the parameters of the new law.

More than 100 people Tuesday packed a public informational meeting about open-carry.

Many folks, like Rose Garcia, are concerned about safety.  

How exactly this is going to affect me, my coworkers," asks Garcia. "What precautions are they going to take now, or do we need to take any?”

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News


Jeremey Young is from the Midwest, but this year he moved to San Antonio, Texas. His new holiday tradition is making tamales. 

"It’s my new holiday tradition because my girlfriend is Hispanic, and her family has made tamales for every generation probably back to forever, and so we are making tamales this year as a team, as a family," says Young.


Texas Camp Housing Children Who Fled Central America