David Martin Davies

News Director

David Martin Davies is Texas Public Radio’s news director and 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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Texas Matters
11:00 am
Sat March 26, 2011

We Were Not Orphans: Stories From The Waco State Home

University of Texas Press

The Waco State Home was established as the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children by the Thirty-sixth Legislature in 1919. It was in operation until 1979. Anglo children adjudged by district courts to be neglected were declared wards of the state of Texas, and they were admitted to the home for care, education, and training.

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Science & Technology
9:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Questions Raised About Chimpanzees Used in Bio-Research

At San Antonio's Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Marabel Vasquez is monkeying around—but that's her job. She is the chimpanzees' behavioral specialist at the private research facility. She visits with the chimps, provides environmental enrichment and assesses their social dynamics.

On this January morning, it's overcast and 38 degrees, but the chimps brave the cold. Many are outside in their enclosed play area and welcome Marabel with hoots.

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Environment
10:37 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Texas Parks & Wildlife Restore Bighorns to Big Bend Ranch State Park

It looked like the opening of the television show "M*A*S*H" —a helicopter flying over a mountainscape carrying a passenger in need of care.

Personnel run out to meet the chopper, grab the patient and get to work. 

But this is in West Texas at the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and the patients are desert bighorn sheep.  

“This is why I got into this business in the first place. It's landscape-level conservation is what it is,” said Mike Hill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Fort Davis Regional Director. 

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Texas Music
10:00 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Remembering Buddy Holly, 50 Years After "The Day The Music Died"

Buddy Holly, 1957
Wikimedia Commons

February 3, 2009 marks fifty years since the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly along with fellow Texas music icon J.P."The Big Bopper" Richardson and Richie Valens. They will be remembered and honored in commemoration events across the nation. Lubbock, the hometown of Buddy Holly, is the home of The Buddy Holly Center, which honors his memory year-round, but on the anniversary of the fatal crash they will be having special event. Jessica Camacho is with the Buddy Holly Center.

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Texas Railroad
2:12 pm
Mon December 10, 2007

Texas State Railroad On Board With Polar Express

You might not be aware that Texas has an official state railroad, but it does. And for sometime, people have wondered how long that will be the case. The Texas State Railroad, which runs between Palestine and Rusk in East Texas, has been through some hard times and was almost shut down. Now it appears the Texas State Railroad is on the right track.

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Drug Violence
3:20 pm
Wed August 15, 2007

Border Journalism Under Attack By Drug Gangs 

With illegal immigration, drug trafficking and a possible wall, the U.S./Mexico border is a hotbed of news. Americans need to make decisions about these problems and they are going to need reliable reporting from the border; however, that information is getting harder to come by because journalism on the border is becoming an ever-increasing dangerous occupation.

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