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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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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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News brief: Ukraine's war tactic, DOJ subpoenas Trump aides, Minn. nurses strike

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This year's U.S. Open is in the books and many call it one of the greatest

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News brief: Ukraine recaptures key territory, Xi-Putin meeting, insulin prices

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EU ministers will meet to discuss Russia's natural gas disruptions

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DOJ officials appeal special master review of documents seized by the FBI

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News brief: Queen Elizabeth's legacy, EU energy challenges, special master appealed

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A Texas judge rules coverage of anti-HIV medicine violates religious freedom

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News brief: Russian filtration camps, Canadian stabbing case, Michigan abortion law

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The IAEA says it's worried about the stability of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

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On Independence Day, Brazil's president plans to flaunt his military ties

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An intense heat wave in California is stressing the state's power grid

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