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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Pablo Rocha

Author and activist Tony Diaz has been leading a fight to get ethnic studies approved in public schools.

He began in Arizona, protesting the law — which was eventually overturned — banning ethnic studies. He then helped start the “Librotraficante” movement, smuggling banned books to Arizona students.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT News

This week on Fronteras:

  • Border Patrol agents go through extremes on the job, ranging from extreme boredom to high-stress situations. 0:00
  • Some immigrant laborers who responded to Harvey don’t get paid.  4:05

  • Bi-partisan support in Texas for new DREAM Act legislation to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program from deportation.  5:43

  • A study on discrimination shows many Latinos weren’t encouraged to pursue higher education. 8:20

  • A  binational study of heart disease is looking at how it affects people of Mexican ancestry. 13:23


Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer the U.S. And the Hispanic population is at greater risk for strokes, heart attack, and diabetes. A binational study is allowing scientists in San Antonio to pinpoint the early signs of cardiovascular disease in people of Mexican ancestry.

The Genética de las Enfermedades Metabólicas en México study — translated as Genetics of Metabolic Diseases in Mexico — studies healthy individuals from across Mexico and find out whether cardiovascular disease can ultimately be prevented.

The two-year GEMM Family Study at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio was recently granted roughly $544,000 by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The two principal investigators are Dr. Raul A. Bastarrachea and Jack W.Kent, Jr. of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.


Norma Martinez / Jo Anne Gonzales Murphy

San Antonio is on the verge of celebrating its tricentennial — 300 years since the Presidio de Bexar, the Villa de Bexar, and the Mission Valero were settled by soldiers, civilians and priests.

A lot of South Texans can trace their ancestry back to 1718 and beyond.  For those who can’t, a nonprofit is making it easier to follow their family tree.


Martin do Nascimento / KUT

This week on Fronteras:

  • A new study examines how Latinos feel the effects of racial discrimination. (0:00)
  • The same study shows Latinos born in the U.S. tend to see discrimination differently than those who migrated. (3:44)
  • A Dallas suburban school district is encouraging parents to learn English with their children.  (8:22)
  • Telling stories of immigration in just six words.  (13:50)
  • Selena gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  (17:03)
  • Remembering the man who made it possible for you to buy nachos at concession stands.  (18:03)

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