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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: China protests, Supreme Court immigration case, U.S.-Iran soccer match

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This year's holiday season is making infectious disease doctors very nervous

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Ahead of next year's divided Congress, Democrats have much work to do

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Georgia voters cast ballots in the country's last unresolved U.S. Senate race

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News brief: China protests, Congress' lame duck agenda, Georgia runoff

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Inflation ruffles feathers ahead of Biden's turkey pardoning ceremony

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News brief: Colorado shooting, railroad contract, Thanksgiving meal costs

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2 patrons confront the suspect who opened fire at an LGBTQ club in Colorado

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World leaders have reached a new agreement on climate change

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Closing arguments resume in the Oath Keepers Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy trial

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The U.S. begins its World Cup action against Wales

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News brief: Colorado Springs shooting, climate summit ends, World Cup begins

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NPR podcast tells the story behind Lionel Messi's journey to his final World Cup

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Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalia will be a strong contender at the Latin Grammys

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Luna will be the next Los Angeles County sheriff after Villanueva concedes

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