Alejandra Martinez

Alejandra Martinez is the associate producer for WLRN&rsquo's Sundial. Her love for radio started at her mother’s beauty shop where she noticed that stories are all around her - important stories to tell.

When she took her first audio storytelling class in college, she was sold to the world of public radio journalism. She feels that audio blocks out the world and creates a single intimate connection.

This native Texan began her radio career interning for Latino USA in New York City where she reported stories on Texas politics, immigration, culture and arts. She then worked with KUT Austin’s NPR station as an intern and later a producer where she produced stories, worked on social media content and special projects, including launching the KUT Book Club. She participated in NPR’s Next-Generation Radio project, a week-long digital and radio journalism boot camp, where she covered Houston’s recovery post-Hurricane Harvey.

Ale graduated from The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism in December 2017 and moved to Miami shortly after. She considers herself a coffee fanatic, a bookworm and the queen of digital. When she moved to South Florida and noticed all the Instagram-able spots around town she fell in love. She was amazed by the huge Latino population and rich culture of the region and has a true desire to share the stories of what make South Florida so great.

Connect with Alejandra on Twitter: @_martinez_ale and send her pitches at amartinez@wlrnnews.org

Despite controversy over the city's funding of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood mayor Josh Levy argues his city has made an investment in its long-term future.   

According to a deal between the City of Hollywood and the resort's owner, KSL Capital Partners, the resort and parking garage will be paid for in part by taxpayers. The city provided a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for the resort’s parking garage, which will be paid off by the parking garage's users and taxpayers by 2045.

A report on funding for a new parking garage at Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood Beach has renewed controversy about the city's push to bring the resort to town. The Sun Sentinel recently reported on a deal between the City of Hollywood and the resort's owner, KSL Capital Partners, in which the city gave a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort.

This year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival goes beyond gore and bloodshed by focusing on South Florida's storytelling. The one that can make your blood curdle. 

Florida’s Public Service Commission (FPSC) has new recommendations to improve electrical systems after a hurricane. 

In their new report, “Review of Florida’s Electric Utility Hurricane Preparedness and Restoration Actions 2018,” the FPSC used data collected from past hurricane reviews and identified tree trimming, underground power lines and utility workers as critical areas to hurricane preparedness.

Congressman Ron DeSantis and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam squared off at last night’s Republican debate, the last before the primary on Aug. 28. During the debate, Putnam questioned the substance of DeSantis’ campaign and the value of president Trump’s endorsement, while DeSantis continued to link Putnam to Big Sugar. They discussed school safety, water issues, and job growth. POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo joined Sundial to discuss how the two performed.

A new study from the Miami Urban Future Initiative focuses on providing evidence-based data on Miami’s evolution as a global city. Deep and international ties to Latin America is the biggest factor that make the city a "global" area, it says. 

A new study states Miami is at the top of “globalized” cities across the country. The study “Benchmarking Miami’s Globalization,” comes from the Miami Urban Future Initiative. It states South Florida's deep and international ties to Latina America is the biggest factor in making this city the most global areas.

Miami Dade College's new CyberSecurity Center of the Americas wants to teach the next generation of  South Florida's security professionals to detect, stop and remediate when under attack.

Esteban Bovo is the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Before being elected chairman in 2016 he served as a Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 13, which includes Hialeah, Miami Lakes and Palm Springs North. Chairman Bovo, a Republican, was recently named the Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees Tri-Rail. He believes Miami should invest in buses with the intention of developing rail in the near future.  

On Friday, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruled that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s education records should be made public. The report will show how schools, teachers, and the district handled the troubled teen throughout his years in the education system. Defense attornies say the report appears to have been designed to help the district defend itself against civil lawsuits filed by some of the victims’ families.

The debate over bus or rail returns to Miami-Dade this month, when the county's Transportation Planning Organization will gather Aug. 30. Miami-Dade County  mayor Carlos Gimenez has been a proponent for rapid bus transit. On Sundial, Gimenez argues the bus system is a more cost-effective option for the county.

One actress in South Florida is aiming to show people what it's like to be a Latina. 

There are no costume changes and 24 Latina characters in ¡FUÁCATA! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe -- all played by Cuban-American actress Elena María García, who was raised in Broward. The idea is that whether audience members are from South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico or Mexico, they'll be able to relate.

Pressure is growing against the private company in charge of handling SunPass fees and millions of Floridians are facing major headaches with the toll system's billing.

Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company SunPass contracts for payment processing, has been experiencing technical problems since June. Thousands of SunPass customers have received inaccurate bills and some have even been double-billed.

Kristin Jacobs is once again running for the Florida House District 96 seat in Northwest Broward. During her first term, she was the leading voice behind the South Florida Regional Climate Compact, an agreement and model for counties across the state of Florida to address climate change. Jacobs also led a significant push for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act and is the leading Democrat on the Agricultural Committee.

Saima Farooqui is running in the Democratic primary for District 96 in Broward County and if elected she could become the first Muslim ever to be elected in the Florida State House.