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.

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van De Putte Addition Could Be What Texas Democrats Need For 2014 Challenge

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.

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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants

The first week of school for fall 2013 and West, Texas, is slowly rebuilding their schools after the blast.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.

Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion

On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.

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Texas Matters
1:33 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pro-Life Camp Celebrates Appeals Court Ruling On Texas Abortion Restrictions

Pro-life supporters protest outside of the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.

5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges

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Texas Matters
9:14 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Voter ID Name Mismatch Affecting Texas Women At The Polls

Early voting is underway for the statewide Constitutional Amendment Election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: There are reports that the state's new voter ID law is causing problems for women at the polls whose names on their drivers license don't exactly match their voter registration card. A closer look at Prop. 5, the reverse mortgage issue on this year's statewide ballot. Also on this show: Kinky Friedman back in politics, Ted Cruz' father steps into the limelight.

Does new voter ID law disenfranchise women?

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Texas Politics
11:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

For Tea Party, Ted Cruz And His Father, Texas Couldn't Be More Red

Reverend Rafael Cruz speaks at the Floresville Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 19..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With a reverent tone, the people at the Floresville Community Center sang the patriotic hymn "America the Beautiful." It was a Saturday afternoon of singing patriotic songs and listening to a fire and brimstone political speech from Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

"Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest documents ever written by man," Rev. Cruz said.

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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Remember Open-Carry Gun Rights! (At The Alamo)

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

Texas Matters: The open-carry gun rights rally on the Alamo grounds will include remarks from Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, arguably the state's most vocal proponent for Second Amendment rights. Also on this show: Leticia Van De Putte talks about the veteran issues on this year's ballot, and more about the strength of the Texas economy, which is the focus of a "Time" magazine article.

Gonzales rallying cry gets San Antonio makeover

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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a press event at Lake Travis to promote Prop. 6, which is on November's ballot.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it's not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.

Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

In Texas, A Battle For Governor, In D.C., A Battle Over Health Care

While one political battle rages on in Washington, D.C., another is warming up in Texas with the race for governor.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The players are now set for the Texas governors race in 2014, and the players seem to be digging even deeper trenches in Washington, D.C. Who will be victorious in these battles of political wit (and values)? Also on this show: Gun rights advocates are holding an (armed) rally at the Alamo this weekend, and a high school senior in Amarillo shocks her entire school in the name of journalism.

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Community Health
12:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Care Advocates Promote Affordable Care Act On Siclovia Route

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

With the Affordable Care Act online marketplace expected to go live tonight at midnight, health care advocates are doing all they can to raise the public’s awareness of the law, which included finding the throngs of people turning out at Síclovía this weekend.

An estimated 73,000 people joined in the city’s promenade down Broadway on Sunday. Síclovía promotes getting fit and healthy lifestyles and some organizations spread the word about the new health care law.

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Texas Matters
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Get Ready For Next Week: ACA Exchanges Open & Wendy Davis Announces Her Decision

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis will finally announce her decision on the governor's race, which will finally end the speculating and kick the 2014 election campaigning into a new gear. Ted Cruz' attempt to "defund Obamacare" is still playing itself out, but has he gained or lost political capital? The insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act open up on Oct. 1 and people for and against the new health care law are working their tails off for their case. A look at boomtowns from Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, and last, a few words about sustainability from an International Space Station flight controller.

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