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.


Texas Matters
11:44 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Zombie Voters and Honesty in Politics

Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Dead voter letters are one way that Texas scrubs its voter registration rolls. Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and voter registrar Don Sumners says he’s not going along with the Texas plan to scrub the voter rolls, and the state says he is violating the law. Gardner Selby with Politifact Texas talks about how they check statements made by politicians.

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The Source

The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk show that gives listeners in San Antonio the opportunity to call and connect with our in-studio guests and city-wide audience.

The Source seeks to give life, context and breadth to the events and issues affecting San Antonio by bringing newsmakers and experts to the public, and highlighting the people being affected by the news of the day.

Tune in to The Source for insightful discussion and analysis on topics that matter to residents of the Alamo City.

Support for The Source comes from contributors to the Community Engagement Fund, including The Gladys and Ralph Lazarus Foundation.

Public Broadcasting
12:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

KLRN: 50 Years of Broadcasting PBS in San Antonio


Bill Moll, who today is KLRN’s president and CEO, was the first person to speak on the carrier wave half a century ago. He has a lot to think about since that first broadcast, and reflects on the past and future of KLRN – including what would happen to public broadcasting if the CPB federal funds are cut off.

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Texas Matters

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply.  Texas Matters is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues often overlooked by other media.

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Texans at the DNC, Party Power Changes and Juvenile Justice

Wikipedia Commons user Angr cc

More from the Democratic National Convention from TPR's Ryan Loyd. Is Texas on the verge of being a fertile ground for Democratic candidates? The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg shares his thoughts on future elections in Texas. An update on the Texas juvenile justice system five years since the scandal broke at the Texas Youth Commission.

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San Antonio's Political/Cultural Stars
12:55 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Mayor Castro at the DNC and the Future of the Museo Alameda

Mayor Julián Castro delivers the keynotes address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Democratic National Convention - Mayor Julián Castro

Tuesday night San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro stepped into the national spotlight by delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The prime time spot at the convention has turned Castro into a national political figure and has spurred talk that he’ll soon seek a statewide elected office. However, Texas has not elected a democrat to a statewide office since 1997.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Texas Matters: Remembering The New London School Explosion

The aftermath of the natural gas explosion at the New London school.

Seventy-five years ago, Texas saw the deadliest school disaster in American history, the explosion at the London Junior-Senior High School – March 18, 1937. 

The estimated death toll varies from 296 to 319. It’s impossible to know the exact number. New London, which is in Rusk county, at the time was filled with transient oilfield workers and the school records were destroyed in the blast. Approximately 600 students and 40 teachers were in the building at the time. Only about 130 escaped without serious injury.

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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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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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