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, and currently plays with the all-volunteer South Texas Symphonic Orchestra in San Antonio.

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This week on Fronteras:

  • Reaction to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to sue the federal government over ending DACA (0:15).
  • Vice President Mike Pence visits the border wall on the California-Mexico border (1:43).
  • The number of refugees resettling in Texas is declining (3.28).
  • Marfa mural preserves the city’s story for the future (9:10).
  • Author Bill Neeley shares the story of San Antonio Texas revolutionary hero Juan Seguín (12:38).


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Bill Neeley is an Oklahoma-based author whose latest book is “A Tejano Knight: The Quest of Don Juan Seguín.” He is working on a screenplay about the Tejano war hero of the Texas Revolution.


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Steven Alvarez is an assistant professor of English at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He teaches a course called “Taco Literacy,” which explores the foodways of Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

San Antonio’s chili queens are a focus of study in his class.

Photograph courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/© Betsy Newman Photography

John Phillip Santos, a San Antonio writer, journalist, and filmmaker, attended San Antonio Fiesta events as a child. His grandmother pointed out  that “ ‘This was a celebration of the defeat of the Mexicans,’ ” Santos said.


Photograph courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/© Betsy Newman Photography

This week on Fronteras:

  • Stress in families often leads to child abuse and neglect.
  • Immigrant families often suffer an additional amount of stress (0:00).
  • And Fiesta is coming to a close this weekend in San Antonio. Some people believe the 11-day celebration carries racial undertones (13:48).

 


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