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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

Boxes stack up at Katherine De La Rosa’s temporary hotel room. Photo by Crystal Chavez.

Maria Evacuees Living In Limbo In Florida Hotels

March 20 was the day FEMA hotel assistance for Hurricane Maria evacuees was scheduled to end. But the Governor of Puerto Rico asked for an extension and FEMA granted it. Now, some evacuees will get to stay in hotels until mid-May.

Photo courtesy of Keith Reeves.

Spotlight: Orlando Exhibit To Display The Beauty Of Historic Seminole Art

The Orlando Museum of Art soon presents Enduring Beauty: Seminole Art and Culture. It is an exhibit that draws from the collection of art owned by Winter Park residents Keith Reeves and Sara Reeves. Their collection is recognized as one of the largest collections of Florida Seminole material held privately.

Noor Salman (L) and counsel Linda Moreno (R). Photo: Charles Treadwell

Law Professor Provides Insight To Start Of Noor Salman Trial

The federal trial for Noor Salman is under way in Orlando. Opening arguments were laid out this week and we’ve been learning more about the defendant. Salman is charged with aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen, the Pulse nightclub shooter. She is also charged with obstruction of justice. To brief us on this week’s start of the trial, we turn to Samuel Kan, Assistant Professor of Law at the Barry University School of Law.

Spotlight: The Edison At Disney Springs

The Edison at Disney Springs is a multilevel fun factory of a restaurant with good food to go with the entertaining decor. Thomas Alva is the Edison of the name, of course, and there are homages to his inventions and patents everywhere. Indeed, the very design of the restaurant is an old power plant. Apparently he had something to do with inventing bacon, too, given its near ubiquitousness on the menu. That includes an appetizer called the DB Clothesline Candied Bacon, with long rashers of bacon clipped, for some reason, with clothespins to a rod suspended between two tall poles. (The clothespin was not an Edison). The bacon, thick and chewy, was slathered with sticky maple syrup and dotted with …

Hope CommUnity Center Apopka. Photo by Crystal Chavez.

Here Comes The Sun, Part Two: How Widespread Is Child Food Insecurity In Orange County?

More children in the Orlando area are in need of a free hot meal. Food insecurity—not having reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food stresses families living in poverty. To get a grasp on child hunger for our series marking Sunshine Week, 90.7’s Crystal Chavez took a look at the need for free and reduced lunch at Orange County Public Schools.

Spotlight: Jones High Choir Headed To Carnegie Hall

Playing Carnegie Hall in New York City: it’s a lifelong dream for so many performers, and it’s about to become reality for the Jones High School Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble.

Spotlight: El Buda

The word fusion is one of the most misused terms in culinarydom. More often than not, a restaurant will tout itself as a fusion restaurant when in fact all it does is offer two or more cuisines on the same menu. But fusion occurs when two or more items come together to form something different, something unique. El Buda, a new restaurant in downtown Orlando from chef Roberto Treviño, features true fusion cuisine, a melding of Latino and Asian. The results are refreshingly distinct. So you might have Chimichanga Eggrolls or Peking Duck Nachos. Or Congri Fried Rice. It’s inventive, and even better, most of it works. On my first visit to El Buda, which occupies the hidden restaurant space …

#ShareYourStoryAfrica Initiative Founder Speaks To Orlando Youth

Mpumi Nobiva was orphaned at 9 years old after losing her mother to HIV/AIDS. She was picked to attend the inaugural class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and her life has changed. She has finished graduate coursework at High Point University. Today, she’s an international speaker, mentor, and the founder of “Share Your Story Africa Initiative.” Nobiva spoke to Boys & Girls Club Hughes Branch youth in Orlando.

Spotlight: Sticky Rice

I love rice.  Even though I have limited real estate on my kitchen counter, my rice cooker has a permanent dedicated space. I’ve been known to make a full meal out of rice with just butter, salt and pepper.  So a new restaurant called Sticky Rice certainly got my attention.  You might classify Sticky Rice as another Asian street food restaurant. But unlike Hawkers and Mamak, which are pan-Asian, or even Rasa, with its focus on South Asian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, Sticky Rice, um, sticks with the foods of Laos.  The food item from which the restaurant takes its name is ubiquitous in that Southeast Asian country. According to one source, the Lao sometimes refer to themselves as children of …