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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Environment
1:19 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Submit Your Drought Photos To State Photo Contest

Texas Water Development Board

The on-going drought in Texas is drying up farms, ranches and wildlife but it’s also a historic event for the state, which is now looking at capturing and preserving the images of the drought. 

What does your Texas drought look like? is a statewide photo campaign that invites Texans to contribute their photos of the effects of the drought using social media.

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Border & Immigration
10:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Census Study Says Non-English Speaking Growing In U.S.

Percentage of people 5 years and over who spoke a language other than english at home.
U.S. Census Bureau

A new U.S. Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English as the level of English proficiency in the nation holds steady.

The report, Language Use in the United States: 2011, says the percentage of people speaking a non-English language increased from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.8 percent in 2011. 58 percent of U.S. residents that speak a foreign language at home also speak English very well.

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Texas Prisons
1:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Texas Prison Unit Without A/C Now Rationing Water For Inmates

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

A water supply shortage in the town of Kenedy, Texas is depriving the local state prison of water and creating dangerous condition for the inmates and guards.

In Kenedy, Texas, a town 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, two of the town’s five water wells broke down last week,creating a water shortage for the community and is impacting the nearby John B. Connally Unit prison.

Prisoners have been given a limited supply of drinking water and have had to ration their water, go without showers and are prevented from flushing toilets.

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Has A Lot On The Line With Immigration Reform And Affordable Care Act

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

*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.

Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.

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The Source - August 1, 2013
12:35 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Slims Down | Augie Meyers

Wikimedia Commons

This afternoon on The Source: 

It wasn't all that shocking or unusual to see San Antonio listed in the past as one of the least fit cities in the nation. There were plenty of excuses - the local cuisine, the hot weather, poor self esteem. But now San Antonio is bucking the national trend of weight gain and obesity. A new study shows that local get-active efforts and health eating programs are showing results.

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Environment
10:47 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Stage Three Restrictions

JJ Harrison Wikimedia Commons

With the lack of rain and the summer heat beating down the area, the Edwards Aquifer Authority is declaring Stage 3 pumping restrictions. It's only the second time that the EAA has declared Stage 3 for users of the San Antonio pool of the Edward Aquifer. The first time was last summer, from August 15th to September 15th.

This year, the EAA is calling for Stage 3 two weeks earlier than last year.

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Symphony Leader Out After Three Months On The Job

There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.

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Border & Immigration
3:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Border Residents Question "Surge" Proposal

Protestor in San Benito, Texas, July 17, 2013.
David Martin Davies

The senate’s recent plan to overhaul U.S. Immigration policy included a provision called the "Border Surge." It’s a multi-billion dollar plan that would double the size of the Border Patrol and expand the border fence.

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Texas
10:31 am
Tue July 30, 2013

White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act

Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act. Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.

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Health News
2:22 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Border Town Women Turn To Mexico For Abortion Pill

Pharmacy in Matamoros. Women seek misoprostol here, hoping to end a pregnancy.
David Martin Davies

Texans are learning to live with a new anti-abortion law, which will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486 and requires clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. 

For the border region of the Rio Grande Valley, this means women will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.

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