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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 rapper Logic, whose latest album, Vinyl Days, was released June 17. Justin Fleischer/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Logic is ready to do things his way

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Julian Assange can be extradited to the U.S. to face spying charges, U.K. says

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John Eastman is the Trump lawyer at the center of the Jan. 6 investigation

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News brief: Jan. 6 hearing takeaways, long COVID, student loan poll

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St. Louis Cardinals players Curt Flood, Bill White and Bob Gibson, pictured in 1966, 1962 and 1967, respectively. They are the focus of a new History Channel documentary about the Black baseball players who followed Jackie Robinson into the major league. AP hide caption

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Black baseball players struggled long after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier

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As the U.S. Open begins, the golf tournament is caught up in turmoil

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As Russia pushes deeper into eastern Ukraine, some flee on medical evacuation train

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News brief: Jan. 6 panel hearing, Fighting in eastern Ukraine, Fed rate hike

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The Fed is expected to raise interest rates to get a grip on rising inflation

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4 states held primaries — with key races in Nevada and South Carolina

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Momentum in the war has shifted and Ukraine says it needs more weapons

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News brief: primary results, Fed is likely to hike rates, NATO to discuss Ukraine

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Biden will make his first presidential trip to the Middle East next month

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News brief: Jan. 6 hearing recap, COVID pediatric vaccines, Nevada primary

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Congress may take action on gun safety legislation after decades of inaction

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