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A Martínez

Host, Morning Edition and Up First

A Martínez is one of the hosts of Morning Edition and Up First. He came to NPR in 2021 and is based out of NPR West.

Prior to NPR, Martínez was the host of Take Two at KPCC in Los Angeles since 2012. During his tenure, Take Two created important forums on the air and through live events that elevated the voices and perspectives of Angelenos, and provided nuanced coverage of the region's challenges including homelessness, climate change and systemic disparities in health and education. He is also a familiar voice to sports-talk radio listeners in Los Angeles as a former host of 710 KSPN's In the Zone, and he was a longtime pre- and post-game show host for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers.

Before he joined KPCC, Martínez had never listened to public radio. He views his path in public radio as proof that public radio journalism can be accessible, relatable and understandable to anyone, regardless of their background or educational pedigree, and says it has changed both his career and his perspective on life.

With a career that has lately been focused on Southern California, Martínez is excited to get to know the rest of the U.S. through Morning Edition.

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The FBI conducted a search at ex-President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida

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Albuquerque's Muslim community is on alert after the murders of 4 men

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Trump and Pence are at odds over Wisconsin's GOP gubernatorial primary

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Shelling around a nuclear plant in Ukraine causes a lot of concern

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News brief: FBI searches Mar-a-Lago, Ukraine nuclear plant, New Mexico killings

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News brief: Senate passes major bill, Blinken in South Africa, health poll

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Democrats are moving forward with a climate, tax and health care bill

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A court in Moscow sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years on drug charges

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Is the U.S. in a recession? The committee that decides is looking at all the data

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News brief: monkeypox cases, Democrats' climate and tax bill, Alex Jones trial

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Migrants from Venezuela, who boarded a bus in Del Rio, Texas, disembark within view of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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GOP governors sent buses of migrants to D.C. and NYC — with no plan for what's next

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A Russian court finds Brittney Griner guilty of drug possession

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Golfers who defected to Saudi-funded tour file antitrust suit against PGA Tour

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News brief: Blinken attends ASEAN meeting, Viktor Orbán, curtailing drug prices

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House Speaker Pelosi's trip to Taiwan has heightened U.S.-China tensions

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