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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.

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While the holidays mean indulgent meals for many families, more than 15 million children in the U.S. are food insecure – 120,000 in Bexar County. That’s according to . One organization helping to feed some San Antonio kids on the weekends needed a little help getting ready for Winter break. 

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Santa Claus is known for bringing gifts and cheer to the good little boys and girls of the world. His signature suit and sleigh make him instantly recognizable – but usually, so does his skin color. 

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Every December, many Catholics honor The Virgin of Guadalupe. People native to Mexico and the southwest celebrate in a variety of ways. Some traditional groups sing ancient Aztec songs all through the night, and dance throughout the next day as a way to honor the Virgin, which they interpret as Mother Earth. One San Antonio family and their community members held their ceremony last Friday night. 

Hundreds of people were in and out of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church that night. 

Jeffrey McWhorter / AP


Anti-Muslim Climate In Dallas Area

A backlash against American Muslims is on the rise again after the terrorist attacks in Paris and last week's attacks in San Bernardino, California. Advocates say the number of hate crimes and harassment incidents today is nearly as bad as it was in the weeks after September 11th, 2001.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

A Bexar County Grand Jury voted not to indict Sheriffs Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez for the shooting death of Gilbert Flores. The incident occurred Aug. 28 following a call for a domestic disturbance.

Video captured Flores with his hands in the air as deputies fired.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pomerleau says Flores’ actions were the sole cause of the shooting. She says a second video which has not yet been made public shows Flores holding a knife.