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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: The Pie In College Park



The Pie is the simplistic name for a new pizza joint in College Park. But the pizza here is different from your average pie. It’s pizza al taglio, which, according to a large sign on the wall inside the restaurant, is “Italian for pizza by the slice or ‘by the cut.’” The word taglio translates to shear, so sort of a cut. It’s also made in rectangular pans and sold by the slice. This is a common type of pizza that you’d find in Rome and is sometimes sold by weight. Luckily that’s not the case with The Pie because given the toppings that were on the slice I had I would have paid extra euros. My cut had ham, …


Memorial outside of Pulse. WMFE file photo.

Univision Is Getting Backlash Over Planned “Graphic” Pulse Show



Univision is getting backlash for a planned show about the Pulse tragedy called “”Baño De Sangre” or blood bath. Those affected by the mass shooting, LGBT groups and community leaders are calling it irresponsible. They say the show could re-traumatize victims and they’re asking for the Saturday program to be canceled.


Photo: Lindsey Kilbride

Brevard Superintendent: Florida Testing System In Need Of Reform



Central Florida students will soon be sharpening their pencils to take high stakes tests. Students aren’t the only ones affected by their outcomes. A new Orange County report shows little evidence Florida’s teacher merit-pay law is raising student achievement. The state legislature adopted the law in 2011. It ties teacher pay and promotions to how students perform on standardized tests. Brevard Superintendent Desmond Blackburn weighs in.




Spotlight: Zora Grille



I’ve mentioned a few times about the sixth sense that a critic develops over time, that feeling that you get when you walk into an unfamiliar restaurant and a voice in the back of your mind that says — no, screams — run! But there’s a diametrical feeling — a seventh sense? — where you enter a restaurant and you know immediately that you’re going to like it. That’s the feeling I got when I walked into Zora Grille in Altamonte Springs recently. Just for a moment, I had that niggling feeling that something might be off. Perhaps it was the fact that the place had no customers even though it was the height of the lunch hour. But the …




Markeith Loyd is brought out of the Orlando Police Department in this capture from the Orlando Police Department’s Twitter feed. (Courtesy Orlando Police Department)

Grand Jury Indicts Markeith Loyd



An Orange County grand jury has indicted Markeith Loyd in two first-degree murder cases. State Attorney Aramis Ayala issued the indictments Wednesday.







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