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Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Crystal Chavez comes to WMFE from Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Texas. She served as the Morning Edition host in the Alamo City for the past three years. Crystal also produced a weekly radio program called Fronteras, providing in-depth reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues, immigration and changing demographics in the Southwest.

Before TPR, she was the morning producer at KUT News, the NPR member station in Austin,TX. Crystal graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and is a proud Texas Longhorn! When she's not working, her favorite place to be is some beach...somewhere.

Recent Stories from Crystal Chavez

Paige Braddock’s contribution to the Love is Love comic book. Fundraisers are scheduled throughout Megacon this weekend to raise money for Pulse victims.

Spotlight: MegaCon Orlando To Have “Love is Love” Programming

MegaCon comes to Orlando this weekend, bringing more than 100,000 comic book and pop-culture fans. And while the headline this year may be the Rocky Horror Picture Show reunion with Tim Curry, MegaCon is also raising money for the victims of the Pulse night club shooting.

Spotlight: Cheddar’s

I’ve been avoiding Cheddar’s, the Texas based chain, ever since they entered the Central Florida market a few years ago. There were plenty of smaller, locally owned restaurants to to visit. Then, in March, Darden Restaurants announced that it was buying Cheddar’s. And so I felt a certain duty to be familiar with the latest addition to the hometown megafeeder’s portfolio. So off I went to check a Cheddar’s. After just one visit, I have only one question: What the hell was Darden thinking? I left thinking that I had just had one of the most unpleasant meals of my entire professional career, which as of this month is 29 years, so I have a pretty good inventory to draw …

Spotlight: Twin Peaks Party, Miss Nina Bonina Brown & Pet Painting

1. A one-night-only LIVE rendition of the Twin Peaks Soundtrack, a Mrs/Mr Twin Peaks Costume Contest, cherry pie slices, Twin Peaks cocktails, dancing are all included in the Twin Peaks Party by Body//Talk taking place Saturday May 27th 9 pm til 2 am at Wills Pub. TICKETS 2. 4 times a year local makers, vintage vendors, crafters, artists and shop owners convene in downtown DeLand for a great big day of shopping, food and live music called DeLand Indie Market. This years event takes place all day Sunday May 28th in downtown DeLand. FACEBOOK 3. Artisanal food, vintage, crafts, handmade jewelry and more await you at another great shopping and makers market event called Indie Flea Pop Up …

Cha Cha Davis speaking up about need for #LGBTQ+ black-centered advocacy and activism since Pulse. Folks gathered to dialogue after Enzian Theater screening of “I Am Not Your Negro.” Photo by David Thomas Moran.

Black LGBT Groups Say Orlando’s Not United

Several groups are holding a community forum Wednesday for the Orlando Black LGBT community. Organizers say this is part two of a discussion about racism and discrimination within the larger local LGBT community.

Photo courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus FB page

What Happens To Ringling’s Circus Animals Now?

Now that The Greatest Show on Earth is over, animal activists want to know what’s going to happen to the circus animals. 16 tigers, six camels, four horses, two kangaroos and two snakes. Those are among the animals retiring now that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took its final bow.

Nicole Stott painted “The Wave” based on a picture of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela that she took through the window of the Russian Service Module. Photo: NASA

Spotlight: Astronaut Shares Painting Done In Space

Astronaut Nicole Stott calls herself the “Artistic Astronaut.” She spent 104 days in space, mostly on the International Space Station. Now that she’s back on Earth, she uses art to convey the beautiful views of the planet she saw everyday as a way to connect people to the space program.

Spotlight: Rasa Asian Street Food

The Asian street food trend has expanded quite a bit. Now, Rasa Asian Street Food brings the concept to Restaurant Row. Rasa’s owner, Sunny Corda, said he spent two months in Malaysia researching some of the dishes. It was worth the time to come up with a dish like the Curry Laksha. It was a bounty in a small bowl with a multilayered broth of chicken and coconut milk, tinged with sweetness and spice, the latter provided by myriad chilies. A hard-boiled egg floated on one side while several shrimp clustered on another with bits of chicken here and there. And submerged beneath it all was a stack of delicate vermicelli noodles. The the spoon in my left hand and …

Judy Garland: Stuck in a Bear Trap With Nothing to Wear. Photo courtesy of Orlando Fringe

Spotlight: A New Arts Market, An “Accidental” Music Fest and Fringe!

A new downtown quarterly arts market launches Sunday featuring artists and makers lining Pine Street selling furniture, carvings, silks, paintings, mosaics, baskets, photography and more. Mimosas and seven art galleries will also be available inside City Arts Factory which is adjacent to the market. Pine Street Market launches Sunday 11 to 5 at the corner of Pine and Orange in downtown Orlando.

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Osceola Co. Trying To Help Residents At Troubled Inn

Some people are still living in a Kissimmee Inn without water or power. That’s according to Osceola County officials. Some residents have moved out of the troubled Heritage Park Inn.