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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Local History
2:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site Bid Moves Forward Despite Congress

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Missing from the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that passed Congress on Wednesday was payment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for dues that could have paved the way for San Antonio’s Franciscan Missions to gain World Heritage Site status.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the missions will be passed over.

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Franciscan Missions
2:12 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

World Heritage Status For San Antonio Missions Put On Hold

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s historic Franciscan Missions could join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon as the most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. The missions are being considered as U.N. World Heritage Sites.

But a problem with Palestine, UNESCO and U.S. foreign policy is standing in the way.

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Texas Matters
2:45 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

From Death Row To A Family Pet: 'Things I've Learned From Dying'

Texas Matters: Law professor and author David Dow has had a unique experience with death and has compiled those diverse experiences into a new book. As an attorney, Dow has been part of over 100 cases where those on trial were facing death row, defending -- often unsuccessfully -- those who are facing their own end and who are coming to terms with what that means for their loved ones. Dow uses those experiences along with the death of people close to his family to give a look into the way relationships transform in the face of death.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Small Earthquakes Rock North Texas Town, Residents Demand Answers From Railroad Commission

Residents of Azle, near Ft. Worth, were asked to raise their hands if they've heard a loud "boom" accompanying recent earthquakes.
Mose Buchele for KUT

Texas Matters: Residents in North Texas are dealing with the increased frequency of small earthquakes that some people are linking to oil and gas drilling in the area. State Rep. Mike Villarreal talks about the possible conflict of interest with William White, who as chair of the Texas Finance Commission is also vice president of a payday loan company. Also on this show: Population growth in Texas and the Kallison ranching family.

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Texas Matters
11:54 am
Fri December 27, 2013

EPA Cleared In Latest Report On North Texas Drinking Water Contamination Case

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: The Environmental Protection Agency drew fire from gas interests and politicians in how it handled the case in Parker County, which is west of Fort Worth, but the new report finds the agency followed all laws and rules in the investigation. Also on this show: Oil lobby contests crude oil export policy, Texas Monthly's Bum Steer Award(s) and a holiday tamale making tradition.

The Fracking Water Games: Catching Fire

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Texas
3:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The State Of Texas Health

Exercising at San Antonio's Siclovia event.
Texas Public Radio

This Week On Texas Matters:

Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.

In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average.  Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations. 

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Aerospace Industry
5:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

San Antonio In Running For Boeing 777X Airliner Manufacturing Contract

777X promotional images found at http://www.newairplane.com/777x/
Boeing

San Antonio is being talked about as one of the cities competing to win the Boeing 777X airliner manufacturing contract, but local officials aren’t talking.

In Washington state, the union rejected Boeing’s contract over health care and pension demands, so Boeing is looking for alternative cities to bring the 777X.

About 15 locations, along with their home states, are coming up with lush billion-dollar incentive packages.

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Holiday Giving
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Sheriff's Department Throws Holiday Party For Children Of Bexar County Inmates

Sunshine with her new bike.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department made sure Santa Claus didn’t forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. On Sunday afternoon at the El Progresso Hall on the city’s West Side, 13-year-old Sunshine sat on her new bike.

"I got a raffle ticket when I got here and they called the numbers and I won," Sunshine said.

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