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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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Trump requests the Supreme Court to resolve the Mar-a-Lago document dispute

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The OPEC+ alliance meets in Vienna to consider a cut in oil production

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News brief: OPEC meeting, Trump document dispute, U.S. balancing act in Iran

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Herschel Walker denies a report that he paid for girlfriend's 2009 abortion

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News brief: Oath Keepers trial, Putin's nuke threat, North Korea fires missile

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The presidential election in Brazil heads to a runoff between Lula and Bolsonaro

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Officials face questions over the late evacuation order in Florida's Lee County

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News brief: Florida evacuations, Brazil's election, Supreme Court preview

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In the latest Jan. 6 case, Oath Keepers go on trial for seditious conspiracy

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Most Japanese opposed the state funeral for ex-Prime Minister Abe, polls show

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News brief: Oath Keepers' trial, protests inside Russia, Iran's foreign minister

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President Biden touts tentative labor deal to avert rail strike

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News brief: looming rail strike, Trump's political future, Sweden's far-right party

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Ukraine played a game of misdirection and caught Russian forces off guard

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Nurses in Minnesota are in the middle of a 3-day strike

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