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

Ways to Connect

Mark Hedden

It's the time of year when residents from the Florida Keys can catch a glimpse of thousands of Peregrine Falcons on their way to South America.

The falcons are considered the fastest animals on earth — reaching speeds up to 240 miles per hour. Spectators and professional birdwatchers from around the world will gather in the Florida Keys this weekend for the annual “Hawk Mania” event.

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A new musical examines the complex politics of Cuba in the 1950s through the lens of one couple's Cuban immigrant experience. 

"Havana Music Hall" follows the story of a husband and wife musical duo, Rolando and Ramona Calderon, who are close to getting a big break and hitting the world stage when Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba in 1959. Havana Music Hall takes the stage at Actors' Playhouse in Coral Gables on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m and will run until Nov. 18.

Alejandra Martinez

Author Patricia Engel first had the idea for her latest novel while driving in Miami with her mom more than 10 years ago.

When they drove over a bridge, Engel's mother told her a story about a man who threw a baby off a bridge. But she didn’t know any more details about the tragedy. That left Engel wondering.

This conversation led to what's now "The Veins of the Ocean," published in 2016, which tells a similar story. It's Sundial Book Club’s October pick.

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In Miami-Dade County, convicted sex offenders often end up homeless. The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning online magazine focused on criminal justice, recently released a multimedia investigation examining the issue in depth. In partnership with Longreads, they looked at what life is like for nearly 500 of the county's 2,200 registered sex offenders and how they are navigating punitive residency laws while trying to rebuild their lives after incarceration in Miami-Dade County.

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Oct. 9 is the last day to register in the state of Florida if you want to vote in the Nov. 6 general elections. It is also the last day to change your address if you have moved since the last time you’ve voted.

Floridians will vote on the next state governor, Florida U.S. Senate seat, the state’s U.S. House seats and other local positions.

To register online you'll have to follow these steps:

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In mid-September, the parents of two children killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School criticized a number of public agencies for failing to give them access to public records, such as meeting minutes, e-mails and police training exercise information related to the shooting.

They called into question Florida's "Sunshine Law," designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in Florida.

Alejandra Martinez

Hurricane Michael is developing in the Gulf of Mexico and is planned to make landfall in Florida’s Panhandle on Tuesday night. In addition to rainfall from the hurricane, Floridians can expect king tide flooding. Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency Sunday afternoon and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum canceled a planned campaign event in Key West. Cyndee O'Quinn is a meteorologist for the Florida Public Emergency Network.

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A new documentary examines the role one retirement community in Broward County is playing in shaping Florida's politics.

As the 2018 midterms are rapidly approaching, there’s a segment of the population in South Florida that will have a definitively large impact on the election -- seniors.

The Wynmoor retirement community in Broward County is indicative of that power. They've hosted Joe Biden, Charlie Crist and many other high profile politicians on the campaign trail.

Miami Herald

In South Florida, high school football has seen a decline in participation amid growing health concerns. Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach recently shut down its program after the coach said they couldn’t get enough players to field a team.

Katie Lepri

The electronic music festival Ultra has been located in Bayfront Park for the past 18 years. The three-day event has brought thousands of fans to Miami, but also major traffic congestion. Last week, the City of Miami Commission unanimously voted not to renew the festival’s contract for Bayfront Park. Miami Herald reporter Joey Flechas was at the City Commission meeting and joined Sundial to share details on the future of the event.

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The City of Miami will ask voters in November whether or not to make the city mayor the most powerful individual in the city government’s power structure. 

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Sundial continued the "strong mayor" initiative conversation. 

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Marlins' former third base coach Rich Donnelly thanks his daughter, Amy, for baseball's iconic phrase “The chicken runs at midnight.”

In Major League Baseball the phrase means victory. Donnelly began to use the saying when he worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates' player development department in 1992.  

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Sundial celebrated their one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The producers of the show invited the first ever Sundial guest, WLRN’s Americas Correspondent Tim Padgett, for the one-year special. 

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Two years ago, “spearphishing attacks” -emails targeted towards specific individuals with the intent to steal data for malicious purposes- flooded the inboxes of election officials in several Florida counties.

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