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
11:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Historic Genocide Trial & Declining Interest In Chicano Studies

The Guatemalan Foundation for Forensic Anthropology has been digging up mass graves for years, uncovering evidence for war crimes trials, and returning remains to victims' families.
Jill Replogle Fronteras

After decades of impunity, a former Guatemalan strongman stands trial for genocide. How the proposed minimum wage increase would affect Latinos. How a declining interest in Chicano studies reflects an identity shift for many Latinos. This summer, Phoenix, Ariz. is trying to diversify city lifeguards, the classic summer job for teens.

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Fronteras Desk
11:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Historic Genocide Trial & The Declining Interest In Chicano Studies

The Guatemalan Foundation for Forensic Anthropology has been digging up mass graves for years, uncovering evidence for war crimes trials, and returning remains to victims' families.
Jill Replogle Fronteras

After decades of impunity, a former Guatemalan strongman stands trial for genocide. How the proposed minimum wage increase would affect Latinos. How a declining interest in Chicano studies reflects an identity shift for many Latinos. This summer, Phoenix, Ariz. is trying to diversify city lifeguards, the classic summer job for teens.

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Fronteras Desk
1:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

1986 Amnesty Bill Informs Today's Immigration Debate

A young man rallies for comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

On Fronteras: The legacy of the 1986 immigration reform bill is playing a big role in the current debate over how to overhaul the nation's immigration system. You may have heard about sending immigrants to "the back of the line" when it comes to a path to citizenship, but what does that line actually look like? We hear about Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, who has been nominated for her first Grammy, and a powerful profile of a Havasupai medicine woman and her gift for healing.

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Fronteras Desk
1:10 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Religion & Politics, Cracking Down on Human Trafficking & Border Towns Bounce Back

Sergio and Katia Ocanas lead The International Church Las Vegas En Español.
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A look at what drives the swing vote of the Latino Evangelical electorate, also Californians will vote on whether to impose harsher penalties for sex traffickers. After some sluggish years, NAFTA creates border boomtowns. And why some people are seeing more bears come to town.

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Fronteras Desk
2:47 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

NAFTA Environmental Concerns, the Smart Meters Debate & Arpaio's Challengers

The government confined, sealed off and buried the contamination deep underground, then put basketball courts on top because more intense construction on the site would risk digging up toxic materials.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

Utility smart meters  help you and the electric company save money, but are they hazardous to your health and part of a sinister plot? The latest story in the NAFTA series examines the environmental impact that the monumental agreement has had over the past 20 years.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks to still be in the lead heading into the final weeks before the election, but the challengers are making it interesting.

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Fronteras Desk
1:27 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Voter Fraud, NAFTA 20 Years Later And Maria Berriozabal

Bill Jordan in his company's Mexicali plant.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

A look at how widespread election fraud really is -  who is trying to stop voter fraud and how they’re doing it. The complex collaborations between manufacturers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies speaks with San Antonio trailblazer Maria Berriozabal about her new memoir, leadership and overcoming discrimination.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Long Border Waits, Natural Healing and a Candid Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

An indigenous Tarahumara woman sells herbal medicines from a sidewalk in the downtown marketplace of Ciudad Juarez.
Photo by Mónica Ortiz Uribe

A look at how infrastructure along the U.S.- Mexico border is struggling to catch up with trade. A group in El Paso is making plans for a new school where students can be trained in alternative healing methods. Also, Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies speaks with writer Sandra Cisneros about her new book and her plans to move from San Antonio, Texas.

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Fronteras Desk
1:25 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

From Joe Arpaio to Nuevo Laredo, and everything in between

Blanca Velázquez has operated a mini mart for 19 years in a Nuevo Laredo neighborhood that received street paving thanks to a NADBANK-funded public works project.
Hernán Rozemberg Fronteras

Joe Arpaio has been sheriff of Maricopa County for two decades and is once again up for re-election; U.S. and Mexico address basic infrastructure needs in the border region with NADBANK; a study on voter ID laws reveals how voting rule changes may deter millions of Hispanic voters; and a new exhibit at the McNay Museum displays contemporary prints by Latino artists.

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Fronteras

Fronteras is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras brings emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

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