David Martin Davies

Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

He is a contributor to National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC's "The World."  Davies is also the host of KLRN public television’s weekly interview program "Conversations."  He has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards.

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In the political battles over voting rights in Texas frequently the accusation is made that redistricting and voter ID are driven by attempts to reduce the impact of minority voters in the state. It’s a charge that the Republicans behind the laws and maps flatly deny. However a new book “Latinos and the Voting Rights Act,” builds a case that voter ID and redistricting are designed exactly to reduce Hispanic voter outcomes.

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When students skip school they lose out on a chance to have an education – also school districts lose out on state revenue. Some Texas school districts have gotten so tough on students who skip that a number of the juveniles have been sent to jail.

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January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

It was one hundred years ago that South Texas was the scene of an out break of violence that targeted Mexican Americans who lived in the region. Some historians say there was an undeclared war against Mexico and Texas Rangers were given free rein to fight the bandits. Any Ranger was a mounted judge, jury and executioner for anyone they suspected of sympathizing with Mexico.

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A San Antonio chef who was ticketed last week for feeding the homeless was back on the streets last night. But this time the police were nowhere to be found.

As the Chow Train arrived at Maverick Park in northern downtown last night – Joan Cheever and her volunteers were greeted by the hungry homeless and about 50 supports.

A candle light vigil was being held to protest the ticketing of Cheever last week by the San Antonio police for feeding the homeless out of the back of a pick-up truck and not the permitted mobile commercial kitchen where the food was cooked.

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