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
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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Fronteras
1:18 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Demand Up for Spanish Hunting Classes in Texas

Rogaciano Macedo-Mondragon holds up his target sheet on Sept. 22 after taking aim with a pellet gun during the two-day hunter education course in Spanish of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Veronica Zaragovia KUT News

On Fronteras: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has seen an increased demand for hunter education in Spanish. NSA spying in Mexico has been revealed and many Mexicans, including a former president are registering strong protest. We continue reports on an alleged culture of corruption in New Mexico's mental health system, and the state's refusal to release evidence of that allegation. This past summer was unusually busy in the Arizona desert for migrant rescues. We talk to a 9-1-1 dispatcher who takes calls from border crossers who run out of water and fear they are close to death.

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Fronteras Desk
2:33 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Deportation Protests Continue As Immigration Reform Prospects Wane

Demonstrators danced into the late afternoon in front of the ICE office in Phoenix under a banner they hung themselves on the front gate.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: Activists are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to stop deportations as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes. Hundreds of vulnerable towns in New Mexico are trying to avoid running out of water during this drought. We’ll hear about the challenges foreign doctors face when they come to the U.S. Also, a report on an award by the Hopi Foundation in Arizona for people who work with victims of torture to help them heal.

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Fronteras
11:47 am
Fri October 11, 2013

ACA Challenges: Language Translation & Insuring Native Americans

IHS Albuquerque Area Headquarters
Indian Health Service

Fronteras: Volunteers in California are taking action to try to prevent Mexican immigrants from dying on their way to the U.S. The uninsured eligible for health care through the Affordable Care Act include millions who don't speak English well, which iss causing some challenges. Native Americans are exempt from ACA mandatory coverage requirement, which has some health professionals worried they could be left behind. Also, PBS’ new "Genealogy Road Show" takes a proud Texan through an emotional journey showing her family’s strong roots in Texas history.

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Fronteras Desk
12:29 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Deportations Take Toll On Young People’s Mental Health

Centro Savila, an organization that offers counseling and other support services to immigrant families in Albuquerque, is growing, but the organization recently had to start a waiting list for new clients.
Sarah Gustavus New Mexico In Depth

Fronteras: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will now have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. We have a two-part series examining how the deportation of family members can impact the mental health of young people. Conservationists in the southwestern border region are busy cleaning trash out of watersheds before winter rains hit. By involving the community, they hope to create allies in the fight for a healthy border environment. And, soon travelers arriving at Tijuana's airport will be able to cross, by bridge, directly into San Diego.

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Fronteras Desk
11:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Barrio Battles Big Industry For Environmental Justice

Shipbuilding industry at the water's edge in Barrio Logan.
Guillermo Sevilla

Fronteras: The low income San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, which is closely linked to the shipbuilding industry, has been largely ignored by the city until residents fought maritime industry for a new community plan, and won. Under the Affordable Care Act, Native Americans are exempt from the mandate that requires citizens to get health insurance, but that hasn’t stopped New Mexico from trying to get consumers covered. Also, how the drought has forced some Native farmers to consider non- traditional irrigation methods and a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico.

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Border Drug Series: From Cartel To End User

On Sept. 6, 2013, CBP officers at the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry discovered 1,623 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of limes.
Courtesy of CBP

Fronteras: First we look at the link between cartels and the end user, addicts. San Diego as a number one entry point for meth. How trucking companies and law enforcement try to keep up with the evolving business of drug smuggling. A smuggling ring revealed that operated from Arizona to Washington State.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Fronteras Desk
12:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

New Mexico Mental Health System Shakeup Under Scrutiny

Sidonie Squier, head of New Mexico's Human Services Department, defended the decision to freeze Medicaid funds at a Legislative Finance Committee hearing in July.
Bryant Furlow

Fronteras: New Mexico accused 15 of it's mental health providers of Medicaid fraud, froze all federal funds to the agencies, and handed management of the companies over to Arizona firms. Some say the transition isn't going so well. We remember an activist who spoke up for the people who find themselves stranded and destitute in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S. Catholic leaders are hoping a nationwide immigration mass will sway Congress on immigration reform. Also, the Navajo Nation is trying to balance resources with feral horse roundups.

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Fronteras Desk
11:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Tensions Rising In Texas-Mexico Water Dispute

The Francisco I. Madero Dam outside Delicias, Chihuahua overflowed after four days of record rain in late July. This water will eventually flow downstream to the Rio Grande River.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Farmers in South Texas are angry with Mexico, part of a water dispute that’s fueling tensions between the two nations. Dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill, California’s TRUST Act is moving toward passage. A closer look at that train that derailed in Mexico. Also, the influence of Asian immigrants has brought new flavors to Las Vegas tacos.

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