Crystal Chavez

Morning Edition Anchor/Fronteras Producer

Crystal Chavez is Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host. She wakes up before the crack of dawn to bring you the latest San Antonio and statewide news, traffic and weather.

She is also the host and co-producer of the weekly Fronteras program airing Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m. Fronteras is a multimedia collaboration among seven public radio stations across the Southwest funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Before moving to San Antonio, Crystal was the Morning Edition producer at KUT News in Austin, Texas, where she received an award from the Texas Medical Association for an in-depth feature series on whooping cough. Crystal graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and calls Corpus Christi, Texas home.


5:53 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Border Drones: CBP Rejects Negative Audit As Congress Debates Funding Bill

Gerald L. Nino via Wickimedia Commons

- The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has issued a critical report on border drones. The report says there is “little or no evidence” those drones are worth their expensive price tag. This comes as Congress wrestles with a fast approaching deadline to fund Homeland Security.
- Native Americans in New Mexico are worried about how increased oil drilling is affecting their communities. One person compared the view at night to a "war zone."
- Fronteras Commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the beauty of being bilingual and the complexities that come wiht it in the U.S.
- And we look at the very serious challenges that people with curly hair face in humid Houston

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3:13 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Journalists In Mexico Trying To Harness The Power Of The Public Following Student Murders

Franciso Munoz prepares to deliver a midday newscast.
Lorne Matalon

On Fronteras:

-- People in Mexico are tired of government corruption, violence, and of not feeling safe. Mexicans are protesting in ways they haven’t and some journalists are also getting bolder. Get this story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter, Lorne Matalon.

-- Some Republicans are trying to change or repeal the Texas Dream Act this legislative session. The Act allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges in the state.

-- We bring you a story about how art is helping refugees in Houston define and share their experiences.

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Border & Immigration
7:54 am
Tue January 13, 2015

As Lawmakers Focus On Repeal Of The State’s Dream Act, Where Do These Children Of Texas Go?

Freshman Alfredo Avila studies on the UTSA north campus during the holiday break.
Crystal Chavez

Several lawmakers have already filed bills to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Texas’ incoming lieutenant governor, Sen. Dan Patrick, has vowed to repeal it during the 84th legislative session, which begins Tuesday. And Governor-elect Gregg Abbott has said if one of the bills lands on his desk, he would not veto it.

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10:19 am
Mon January 12, 2015

The Calexico Police Department Under Fire And Under Investigation

Calexico Police Chief Michael Bostic, Jan. 16, 2014.
Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- Outrage over the murders of 43 students continues in Mexico. In parts of the country, the killings appear to have led to a slightly more robust media.

-- The police department in a California border town is under investigation by the FBI. The new police chief of Calexico says the department is plagued by extortion and professional misconduct.

-- Author Michele Serros died recently of cancer. She wrote about her struggles to fit in and bicultural life as a young Chicana writer. We remember Serros and her impact on the literary world.

-- Schools in Pasadena, Texas, are experimenting with “charlas” or talks. The idea is to help students by coaching their parents through informal meetings.

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3:44 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

How Teachers Are Weaving First-Generation Texans Into the American Tapestry

“I’m really outgoing. And I’m very social,” Irum Ali says.
Photo/Mark Birnbaum

On Fronteras: The final stories in KERA’s American Graduate series, Generation One.

-- Students in Fort Worth who’ve just arrived from another country are usually placed in a school that’s only for immigrant kids. We learn how teachers have been working with these students to get them ready for a regular classroom.

-- We’ll meet a Pakistani-American student who’s learning to balance her Muslim faith with being a regular high school teen.

-- And reporter Stella Chavez joins the program to give us a recap on this series and tell us what she learned from this reporting project.

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5:56 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Sebastien De La Cruz Talks Mariachi Music, School, And Race

Sebastien De La Cruz visits the TPR studios.
Joey Palacios

On Fronteras: His singing is beautiful; it takes you to another place because of his passion and joy. It connects even to those who don't always understand the words. On this special edition of Fronteras, we meet up with 12-year-old mariachi performer, "El Charro De Oro,” San Antonio’s own, Sebastien De La Cruz.

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1:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fronteras: San Diego Stressed Over Marijuana, Chinese Students Home In Texas, & Some Southern Spice

Nearly 132,000 pounds of marijuana were seized in the San Diego area during 2014.

On Fronteras:

- Law enforcement personnel in San Diego County say the marijuana business is putting children in danger. But marijuana advocates say officers are being alarmist.

-What is it like for international students who leave everything behind in search of a good education in the U.S.? We hear from Chinese students who are new to Texas.

- The Border Patrol is looking for a few good women, and has completed its first recruitment drive directed at women.

-Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides talks about her favorite Mexican-American foods this time of year. Warning: This story could cause severe cravings!

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4:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Mexico’s Soda Tax; Dual-Language In N. Texas; Where The Immigrant Children Went

A patient waits to see a doctor at a clinic in Tijuana, Nov. 7, 2014.
Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- While recent studies have shown that the brain is not an immutable object and can learn and relearn skills post a critical childhood window, there is no doubt that a conducive environment and starting young profoundly impacts a person’s ability to learn, think and process information. This includes language. Educators in Grand Prairie in North Texas talk about the district’s growing dual language program.

-- There’s been plenty of talk of trying to regulate sodas and other sugary drinks to combat obesity. Mexico has already been taxing sugary drinks for almost a year now, and the tax seems to be producing positive results.

-- We now have a better idea of where the Central American minors who came to the U.S. alone earlier this year in droves, ended up. Pew Research Center gives us an update.

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2:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Case to Determine if Landowners Can Export Water; Republicans Contest President’s Immigration Action

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez fools around with her friend, Claudio Taffer, before going inside the StoryCorps MobileBooth.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

On Fronteras:

-- Can local ranchers and farmers export water from under their land, especially to Mexico, at a time when the U.S. suffers through some of its driest times ever? We look at a water rights case in Texas.
-- State Republican leaders are gearing up to battle President Obama’s executive order on immigration in a variety of ways, beginning with a lawsuit challenging the legality of the action, by Attorney General Gregg Abbott.
-- Groups in San Antonio are trying to help people make sense of the President’s immigration orders. They’re also trying to ensure people don’t become victims of immigration fraud.
-The popular StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas. Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, shares the story of her first election, and how she felt she had to beat the odds to win.

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2:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

UTSA Student On Being “DACAmented”

UTSA junior Diego Mancha
Crystal Chavez

On Fronteras:

-- Diego Mancha is a UT San Antonio student. His mother brought him to this country illegally as a child. About two years ago, Diego was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — status. He says it changed his life. We’ll hear his story.

-- We’ll also meet a North Texas high school student from Guatemala, who’s juggling school and work. It’s worth it all to her, as she’s getting a fresh start after escaping violence back home.

-- Also, Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides shares childhood memories of Thanksgiving Day. She tells us about the interesting way her father scored the family table’s centerpiece.

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