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. 

Davies is the host of "The Source," a live call-in news program that airs on KSTX at 3 pm Monday through Thursday. Since 1999 he was been the host and producer of "Texas Matters," a weekly radio news magazine that looks at the issues, events and people in the Lone Star State. 

Davies' reporting has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC. 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. Davies was named the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. In 2015 he was recognized with two First Amendment Awards by the  Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Association for Women in Communications San Antonio Professional Chapter honored Davies with the 2015 Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Headliner Award.

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David Martin Davies

Four years ago the Texas legislature recognized that concussions in High School football had become ab epidemic and needed to be addressed.  That’s when HB 2038 was was passed and signed into law. That put in place the “Return to Play” protocol. It requires a doctor’s approval for a player to return to the field following a concussion.  But did the law do any good?

David Martin Davies

In the pantheon of Texas football, few rank higher than former University of Texas coach Darrel Royal.

“As a smart aggressive teacher who believes in hard-nosed football, Royal has led Texas to new heights on the grid iron,” says a nameless announcer in a black-and-white coaching film from the early 1960s. In the film, a young Royal lays down the law when it comes to tackling:

David Martin Davies

High school football in small-town Texas is a spectacle. There's the high kicking dance team, the marching band, the cheerleaders, and finally the football team rushing onto the field. On this night, it looks like the entire population of Marble Falls is wearing purple and filling the school’s stadium to cheer for their Mustangs.

“It’s Friday night – Friday Night Football,” says Diana Cox. She's on the sidelines, watching her son play for the Marble Falls Mustangs.

David Martin Davies

There’s growing concern that high school football players who suffer concussions may be at greater risk for the early onset of degenerative brain diseases. 

"Hurry up,  hurry up!" a coach yells at the players on the Alamo Heights Football team during practice.

There’s no lollygagging for the Alamo Heights Mules.

David Martin Davies

Football is about hitting and being hit, so it’s expected that players will suffer some injuries. But what happens when high school football players receive injuries that they don’t recover from, particularly brain injuries?