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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This Week on Fronteras:

 

  • Tribal leaders and conservationists unite against President Trump’s proposed border wall.
  •  A Houston area family struggles three months after immigration officers deported the father.
  •  Breaking down language barriers teaching math.
  •  Bilingual “chat bots” text healthy tips to stop smoking and lose weight.
  •  A South Texas, barrio-friendly twist on NPR’s popular satire, A Prairie Home Companion.

Norma Martinez

Public radio fans are familiar with A Prairie Home Companion, the weekly variety show made popular by Garrison Keillor with skits, musical guests, and fake commercials.  It has a very Midwestern sensibility.  Now take that concept and give it a South Texas twist. That’s what you get with a ‘barrio-logically correct’ version that recently hit the stage in San Antonio.  

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This week on Fronteras: 

 

·         Another journalist is killed in Mexico. .

 

·         Mexico’s trade with the U.S. in electricity is booming.

 

·         President Trump’s revised travel ban fight may be headed to the nation’s highest court.

 

·         Houston looks to launch a major league rugby team next year.

 

·         Experiencing Cuba through the eyes of four university student guitarists who performed there.

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This week on Fronteras: 

 

·         Lawsuits fly after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs the sanctuary cities law.

 

·         Border town of El Cenizo gains national attention in LULAC's sanctuary cities lawsuit.

 

·         How Arizona’s “show me your papers” law compares to one passed in Texas.

 

·         The threat of tighter border security is a big issue in the Mexico presidential election campaign.

  

·         Telling the stories of Hispanic immigrants succeeding as professionals in the U.S.  

 

Immigrants coming to the United States have diverse, personal stories to share about their life-changing travels, and those stories are often lost with time. 

Ana María González is an immigrant from Mexico. She is a language professor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.   González began gathering the immigrant stories of her colleagues, and published them in 2013 in a bilingual anthology called “Déjame que te cuente,” “Let Me Tell You.”  She has since published two more volumes. 

TPR’s Norma Martinez had a chance to talk with Gonzalez about this ever-growing collection of stories, and about her own immigrant story.

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