Norma Martinez

News Anchor

Norma Martinez is a native of El Paso and a veteran of public broadcasting. She began volunteering at the El Paso public radio station KTEP as a college student in 1989. She spent a year as a Morning Edition host and reporter at KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico, before returning to KTEP as a full-time employee in 1995. At KTEP, Norma served as Morning Edition host, chief announcer, Traffic Director, PSA Director, and host and producer of various local shows.

Norma also voiced numerous commercials and worked part-time as a DJ at country, adult contemporary, and classic rock stations in El Paso.

Norma is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, earning a BA in Music Performance. She spent 23 years as a cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

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Will Mederski


This week on Fronteras:   


·         The U.S. Border Patrol enlists Trans-Pecos Pipeline workers to help catch drug smugglers.


·         The Department of Homeland Security is accepting bids to build President Trump’s proposed U.S. –Mexico Border Wall.



We're barely into Spring, but scientists are looking ahead to the Fall, when the moon will pass across the face of the sun and cause a solar eclipse.  Eclipses aren’t that rare…they happen about once a year.  NASA research astrophysicist Nicholeen Viall says the one in August is especially remarkable for the United States. 

Spring Equinox 2017

Mar 21, 2017



March 20 was the first day of Spring.  And other than promises of wildflowers and Spring allergies, the Equinox brings with it an astronomical event that only happens twice a year. 

Nicholeen Viall is a research astrophysicist with NASA.  She explains why the equinox is so unique.  “Yeah, so Equinox means in Latin 'equal day and equal night,' and that’s exactly what happened today.  The day and the night are of equal length, and that only happens twice a year – the Fall Equinox and the Spring Equinox.”

Reynaldo Leaños, Jr.

  This week on Fronteras:   


·         The Trump administration’s deportation policies reportedly have some unauthorized immigrants fleeing the country to avoid arrest.


·         Undocumented parents worried about deportation take action to protect their children in case that happens.


·         The ACLU in San Diego files suit against the federal government for detaining immigrants for months without a hearing.


·         A look at what happened when Alabama passed a tough immigration law.

BBC News

The BBC is in San Antonio this week to tape an episode of the series, “The Response: America’s Story.”  Producers have been collecting stories about immigration from listeners for a future episode of the program.