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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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News Brief: Booster Shots, U.S. Capitol Security, Facebook Files

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COVID-19 Stats: Deaths Are Up, Delta Variant May Be Starting To Wane

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Alt.Latino And Tiny Desk Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

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News Brief: Grim COVID Data, Nuclear Sub Technology, Gymnasts Blast FBI

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Philippine President Duterte Is Being Investigated By An International Court

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Justice Department Wants Texas To Immediately Halt Enforcement Of Its Abortion Ban

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Larry Elder, Newsom's Main Opponent, Stoked Fears Of Election Fraud

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Haiti's PM Replaces Prosecutor Who Wants Him Charged In President Moïse's Slaying

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News Brief: Newsom Survives Recall, New Book About Trump, Pandemic Burnout

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Blinken Pushes Back Against Harsh GOP Criticism On Afghan Withdrawal

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News Brief: Blinken's Testimony, Calif. Recall Election, Inflation Indicator

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News Brief: Breakthrough Infections, $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan, Flood-Prone Homes

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Twenty years after 9/11, the first responders who rushed in to save lives at the World Trade Center suffer higher rates of cancer than the general public. And many have died of cancers linked to the exposure to toxins in the air. But research suggests they're surviving at higher rates too. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images hide caption

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9/11 First Responders Face A High Cancer Risk But Are Also More Likely To Survive

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The Death Toll From Ida's Severe Weather Continues To Rise

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News Brief: Hurricane Aftermath, Texas Abortion Law Fallout, NRA's Future

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