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NPR Interns
Summer 2002
Washington, DC


Ambar Martinez
Ambar Martinez and her mother moved from El Salvador to the United States when she was two years old for a better life and education. Her grandmother, aunts and uncles had already settled in California before they arrived.

As a single parent, Ambar's mother works very hard to provide her daughters the best that she can possibly can. Ambar always attended private schools. But she attended a public high school in West Los Angeles because private schools were way too expensive. Attending a public school made Ambar realize that education is what a person makes of it regardless of where they attend school.

Ambar was an active writer for her high school newspaper, for which she took over as editor-in-chief during senior year. She has also contributed to LA Youth, a non-profit newspaper by and about Los Angeles teens since summer of 1998. During the year 2000-2001, Ambar had a contract with Teen People Magazine as a member of its news team.

Even though Ambar has a strong background in print journalism, she has a strong interest in pursuing broadcast journalism, especially now that she is interning at Morning Edition. She aspires to join the NPR family when she graduates from college.