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 from 12-1 p.m. 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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June 19 1865 is when word of emancipation finally reached Texas and its slave population. The news was delivered two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and about two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered.

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Ron Nirenberg’s campaign headquarters was a one-time car lot on Broadway across from Maverick Park. This is where former mayors Phil Hardberger and Julian Castro also set up shop and forged paths to the mayor’s office – and now it was Nirenberg’s turn.

At 7PM Saturday when the early voting totals were posted online by the Bexar County Election’s Office it was clear that Nirenberg’s victory was almost a certainty. And as Election Day ballot results came in his margin grew, ending the night with 55 percent of the vote against Ivy Taylor’s 45 percent.

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According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control drug overdosing is the top cause of death in America for those under 50 years of age.

The opioid epidemic continues to grow worse and that is also true for Texas.

Mark Kinzly is the co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initive (TONI) and he's is seeing how street heroin spiked with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are causing more people to overdose.

Texas Matters Host David Martin Davies asked Kinzly how bad is the opioid crisis in Texas.

Every summer there is a drop in the water level of the Edwards Aquifer. This is one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world. It is the main source of drinking water for San Antonio and over two million people.

But when the water level drops too low springs in Central Texas stop flowing.

And the aquifer is about at the point for one special spring that has cultural, historical and spiritual significance.

The dunes sagebrush lizard, the lesser prairie chicken, the monarch butterfly and many other creatures in Texas are struggling to survive. If these critters end up on the federal endangered species list some Texas industries see that as a problem. And it's a problem they'd like to avoid. The Texas state government has taken steps to keep animal species which are threatened from finding a place on the endangered species list. But have those steps crossed the line and interfered with science protocols and standards?

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