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.

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Fronteras Desk
1:58 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Replay: All Things Taco

A bacon, egg, potato, and cheese taco.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: Remember those hard-shelled, spicy ground beef tacos that populated American kitchens a few decades ago? That's not the taco of today. Today it's grilled fish, kosher beef, Korean barbeque and fried eggs. We’re talking all things taco: From the evolution of the taco and how breakfast tacos are a morning staple close to the heart in South Texas, to Kosher tacos and tacos in the Navajo Nation.

*This show is a replay of the August 23, 2013 episode of Fronteras.

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Fronteras Desk
11:47 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Border Agents Can Search Your Computer, But Is There A Limit To What They Can Look At?

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Fronteras: In the New Year, Mexico will begin to implement a sweeping tax reform, but northern border communities are protesting the change. U.S. border inspectors have the right to look through your computer when you come into the U.S., but just how closely can they look into your files? Cookie-cutter housing developments for low-income workers are now a feature of many cities in Mexico, but the model isn’t working out. American tax dollars are helping change lives in Mexican border cities by putting people to work in the formal economy.

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Fronteras Desk
11:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse

A example of a Naloxone rescue kit given out by the Department of Health.
Tristan Ahtone Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.

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Fronteras
9:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Declining Fertility In America Worries Economists, Could Immigration Reform Offer A Solution?

The majority of respondents, 89 percent, said they had experienced “a little” to “a great deal” of discrimination.
Tom Wong UC San Diego

A survey of Latinos in San Diego County finds that many face discrimination. Fewer Americans are choosing to have children. Some experts say this could have disastrous effects for the country's economic future. We speak to an International Bank of Commerce official who says America will need to import more workers to fill job shortages. When photographer Wes Naman invited friends to pose for a series of what was meant to be goofy portraits, neither he nor his models had any idea the images would end up reaching millions of people across the globe. More on why this Albuquerque artist's photos of distorted faces went viral.

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Fronteras Desk
12:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

USDA Ban On Inspectors Entering Mexico Is Harming Border Economy

Texas-bound cattle move up a ramp following inspection in Presidio, Texas.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: After Arizona’s immigration enforcement law strained that state’s relations with Mexico, things seem to be getting friendlier. Why Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent the day in a tiny border town. The high cost of liquor licenses in New Mexico. Finally, the USDA's ban on its inspectors entering Mexico at border crossings to inspect cattle has crippled an important part of the border economy.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

More Latino Families In The U.S. Breaking The Bank For Quiceañeras

Professional photographs of Julissa Canal greet guests as they enter the hall for her quiceañera.
Kate Sheehy Fronteras

Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas  near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

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Fronteras Desk
12:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Border Detention Cells Are So Cold, Migrants Call Them "Freezers"

About 65 people a day move through this Border Patrol station in Nogales, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: The undocumented family members of military personnel are set to have an easier time gaining legal status, thanks to a new federal policy. Navajo Nation casinos stimulate the economy, but at a cost. As the nation remembers the last tragic day of JFK's presidency, many Latinos of that era reflect on what he meant to their emerging political bloc. Migrants say Border Patrol dentition cells are dangerously cold, so cold they call them "freezers."

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Asylum Requests From Mexicans Have Tripled Since 2009

Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.

Mexican Political Asylum Requests Up

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Fronteras Desk
12:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hidden Pockets Of Poverty: College Towns, Suburbs & Public Schools

For many of the children at Killip Elementary School the food they get at school is the only food they will eat all day.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: A three-part series exploring hidden pockets of poverty: In college towns across the West, it's often a struggle to find both low-income and student housing. We explore a new trend of higher poverty rates in the nation's suburbs. As the number of poor students increases the amount of per pupil funding doesn't. We look at one public school district that's trying to do more with less. Also, a look at the unique challenges the children of migrant farm workers face when it comes to getting an education.

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Fronteras Desk
11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Children Of Immigrants Living "In The Shadows Of The Slaughterhouse"

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Fronteras: How the Clark County School District, one of the nation's biggest school districts in Nevada, is scrambling to make space for students. The growth of meat packing plants in the rural Midwest has created an unforeseen challenge -- children in need of food, housing and education. The series "In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse" looks into the lives of immigrant families in the meat-packing industry.

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