Alejandra Martinez

Associate Producer

Alejandra Martinez is the associate producer for WLRN'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

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As Florida prepares for primaries on Aug. 28, issues around voting security and fraud have been front and center. Earlier this month, Sen. Bill Nelson claimed Russian hackers had gained access to valuable data on state voters. And two weeks ago, a story broke about an 11-year-old hacking into a replica of Florida’s elections website. 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sen. Bill Nelson recently claimed that Russian hackers had gained access to valuable data on state voters. That raised concerns about the security of elections in South Florida. On Aug. 28, voters in Miami-Dade County head to the ballot box for the state primaries. Christina White, the Supervisor of Elections for Miami-Dade, joined Sundial to talk about what voters should know before heading to the ballot box next week.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

City of Hollywood commissioner Peter Hernandez does not like the idea of taxpayers paying for Margaritaville. 

In 2012, the City of Hollywood offered the owners of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, KLS Capital Partners, a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for a new parking garage. The hope: to lure more tourists to the area with a new 17-story, Jimmy Buffet-themed resort. 

Force Blue

A new group is using what they learned in the military to fight threats to South Florida's coral reefs.

International Ballet Festival of Miami / Courtesy

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A deadly chemical that targets baby mosquitoes is much more effective when attacking Zika virus than traditional insecticides, according to a new study.

Force Blue

new report from Florida International University looks at the effectiveness of mosquito spraying in areas of Miami impacted by the Zika virus. The research found that using larvicide to target mosquitos in early stages of development was much more effective than using adulticide, which kills adult mosquitos. Dr. Phil Stoddard is the author of the study and South Miami Mayor.

Shannon Kaestle / Miami Herald

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.

Jessica Saavedra / Courtesy

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.

Jonathan Cuartas / Courtesy

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. 

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

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.

Courtesy Miami-Dade College

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.

John Raoux / AP

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.

The Miami Urban Future Initiative

Popcorn Frights Films Festival

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.

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