Crystal Chavez

Morning Edition Anchor/Fronteras Producer

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015. 

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.

Crystal is currently the All Things Considered host at WMFE in Orlando, Florida.

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On Fronteras: The attention paid to rape on college campuses has brought fraternity culture under a microscope. Some universities, and even some Greeks, are starting to confront sexual assault related to fraternity life. A journalist has been trekking the length of the entire Rio Grande in an attempt to get people to pay attention to the disappearing river. He hopes the journey will spur a serious discussion about rescuing a river that provides water to millions of people in two countries. As Mexico works to reform its energy industry, cartels are branching into fuel theft. Also, "inaugural poet" Richard Blanco talks about his memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos."

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On Fronteras: We look at border security and how the Texas gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, differ on deploying National Guard troops to the border. This report is part of a series called Five Days in October, by KERA, The Dallas Morning News and NBC5. Three Central American families seeking asylum in the United States  saw the outside of the Karnes County Residential Center for the first time in two months. We bring you their story. We speak to San Antonio writer, Ito Romo, about his collection of brutally candid short stories,"The Border is Burning." In addition, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of The Dead, is around the corner. We get a behind-the-scenes look at how a new animated film centered on the holiday made it to the big screen.


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On Fronteras: Energy reform in Mexico is promising huge economic benefits for Texas...but there are big challenges ahead, including infrastructure and organized crime. New Mexico has some of the worst figures in the nation for alcohol-related illnesses and substance abuse, and so Fronteras sheds light on fetal alcohol syndrome. We'll also hear from the state climatologist about drought in Texas.  And an exclusive from Marfa Public Radio: the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in south Presidio County is finally going to be open to the public.  

Crystal Chavez

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has a new device to make blood donations easier for young donors, and it looks like it's straight out of "Star Trek." The technology will be used during mobile blood drives at area high schools like Madison High in San Antonio where a recent drive was held.

Sarah Williams, a senior in ROTC at Madison, volunteered for it. Williams says she knows the importance of giving blood.

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On Fronteras: The deadline to register to vote in the November General Election is nearing. Groups are working nationally, and in Texas, to get Latinos registered. But registering is just the first step; getting Latinos to the polls is the next challenge. Many of us do our part to help the environment. We recycle, carpool or ride bikes. But some take it further than others. We hear about a California resident who has transformed his home into a green building wonderland.