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

When it was built in the 1920s, the historical Fulford-By-The-Sea Fountain in the City of North Miami Beach was considered the largest monument in South Florida. It was recently unveiled anew after an extensive five-month restoration process. 

Some Florida lawmakers are responding to the passage of Alabama’s new abortion law, which would ban  abortion in almost any circumstance and make providing the procedure a felony. State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, released a statement yesterday in opposition to the law.

Florida ranks the third highest in the nation for human trafficking. During this year's legislative session, State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, pushed for new law establishing a database of individuals convicted of soliciting prostitution or trafficking sex workers. It currently awaits Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature. Senator Book joined today’s program.

The new Major League Soccer team Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami -- referred to as Inter Miami CF -- led by David Beckham won't be starting out in Miami. Their games will take place for at least two years at a new facility being built at the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Sundial talked to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis about what this means for the city.

South Florida author Dave Barry wants to be more like his dog, Lucy.

A new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas in Austin ranks the 25 counties in the nation most at risk for measles.  Miami-Dade County is listed as the third most vulnerable and Broward County as the seventh. Dr.

When a group of elderly women from Aventura, Florida heard about the new movie "POMS," a comedy about women their age who formed a cheerleading squad, they wanted to make sure that South Florida knew they were the original cheersquad. 

Access to healthcare inside South Florida prisons and jails is under renewed scrutiny after a pregnant woman with a mental illness delivered her child alone in a Broward County jail cell last month.

There's a hidden industry on the Miami River that takes things South Floridians discard to Haiti, where they find new life.

College graduation is here. And you've probably been seeing a lot of photos of recent graduates from the class of 2019 with their caps, gowns and smiles. But what happens to South Florida graduates after they receive their diploma?

Some will continue their education into graduate school. Others are heading into the job market. Some will be staying in South Florida to build their lives and careers. And others will leave to try and find their dreams in another place. And many will be leaving with student loan debt.

In the U.S. more than 700 women die each year while pregnant or shortly after giving birth, and an alarming number of them are black. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), black women in Florida are two times as likely to die while or after giving childbirth compared to white women.

The 2019 legislative session has come to a close. Reporter Elizabeth Koh has been covering this year’s legislative session for the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times. She joined Sundial to give a recap on the state’s budget, the sanctuary cities bill, and the guardian program.

On today’s episode of Sundial, WLRN Broward County reporter Caitie Switalski fills in for host Luis Hernandez.

A controversial bill (HB 19) that would allow for the importation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada into Florida now sits on Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has tracked the health of thousands of firefighters and found cancer rates are much higher for this group than the general population. Recently, the Florida House and Senate approved a bill that would expand healthcare benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with 21 types of cancer. The bill’s author Rep. Matt Willhite, a Wellington Democrat and a firefighter, joined Sundial to talk about the bill. It is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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