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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

Spotlight: Zeytin Turkish Cuisine

“I love seeing culturally diverse restaurants pop up in varied areas of town. So I was pleased to see Zeytin Turkish Cuisine open on Edgewater Drive.”

Spotlight: Market To Table

Don’t assume, as I did, that Market to Table is just another way of saying farm to table. Chef Ryan Freelove freely admits that he sources some ingredients from more conventional means, including major distributors. (Though not exclusively; indeed some items come from as close as a rooftop garden.) But that does not diminish the overall high quality of the food served here. My guest and I started by sharing an appetizer of Seared Sea Scallops, three beautiful disks with a golden sear on a pillow of truffled potato puree. The scallops were firm and fresh tasting. My companion chose the Braised Short Rib. Although it was served on the bone, it was only precariously so, the meat balanced atop …

Photo courtesy of Sandy Paws Brevard.

Dog-Friendly Beach Proposal Returns To Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is once again considering whether to allow dogs on parts of the beach. City commissioners will debate the issue and hear feedback from residents Thursday night.

Spotlight: Planet Hollywood Observatory

I didn’t think it was possible but Robert Earl has outdone himself. The newly rebranded Planet Hollywood Observatory is a theme restaurant of Cecile B. DeMille proportions. The massive dining venue is on three open levels — think orchestra, mezzanine and balcony — and is dominated by a huge, towering curved screen where videos and other images are projected from various angles. It’s a little bit like dining in an IMAX theater. The observatory designation is a brilliant one because an observatory and Hollywood have the same obsession: stars. Foodwise, this is still Planet Hollywood. One comes here for the spectacle, the memorabilia and the atmospherics, one doesn’t come here for fine dining. Even with — or especially because of? …

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Dry Spring Fueling Florida Wildfires

Wildfires are burning across the state and firefighters were working on at least two in central Florida Thursday. One is called Savage 2, the other Hal Scott Preserve.

Proyecto Somos Orlando serves the Latinx community. Photo by Crystal Chavez

Orlando LGBT Groups Getting A Boost From Contigo Fund

15 local organizations serving the LGBT community will get more than $450,000 in grants at a ceremony Wednesday at The Abbey. The money is coming from Contigo Fund. Contigo means “with you.”

Florida Leads The Nation In Fraud Complaints

Florida reported the highest number of fraud complaints and the second highest number of identity theft complaints in the nation last year. That’s based on a new report from the Federal Trade Commission.