Crystal ChavezAll 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
The Enzian Theater has a new executive director: David Schillhammer. If the name sounds familiar, he was the Orlando Philharmonic’s director for 16 years.
When Nova opened almost a year ago on Orange Avenue in Orlando, I found the decor delightfully adult and sophisticated but the food was disappointing. I also said at the time that I wasn’t ready to give up on Nova because we need more restaurants like this in the downtown sector. I’m glad I didn’t give up because I returned to Nova recently and found that the menu — a different one from the opening — is now more appropriately varied and with more interesting offerings. Even better: it’s being cooked properly. I’m pleased now to recommend Nova. My companion and I decided on a starter of the Southern Rockefeller, which reimagined the classic dish. The Hog Island oysters had …
Authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Noor Salman was arrested in California.
The Orlando Science Center kicks off its annual “geek fest.” That’s how the Science Center’s Jeff Stanford fondly refers to Otronicon, a hands-on event featuring simulators, video games, virtual reality and more.
Maestro Cucina Napoletana has opened in Winter Park, bringing an authentic Italian food option to Park Avenue. Maestro is a partnership between Rosario Spagnolo of Terra Mia in Altamonte Springs and Antonio Martino, a Brazilian businessman who owns five McDonald’s franchises there. Don’t let that give you pause; there’s nothing clownish about the food here. The food is solidly good quality, the atmosphere cozy and comfortable, and the service accommodating. On my first visit my companion and I did some sharing. We started with Pasta e Fagioli, one of my favorite Italian soups. A good soup at that. A large bowl of cannellini beans with strips of pasta in a lightly tomato-tinged “beany” broth.. Veal stew was quite unstewlike. Virtually …
Family, friends and co-workers will honor Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis in a funeral service Sunday in Orlando. Those who knew and loved him are remembering the deputy sheriff for his smile and positive spirit.
A central Florida coalition is trying to recruit more landlords to accept homeless veterans at their properties.
Lillian Verkins has her large canvas paintings on display in an exhibit called “Atmospheres” this month at Lake Eustis Museum of Art.
Let me just put this right out there at the beginning: Viet-Nomz might just be serving the best Vietnamese food in the area. Those of you who know me know that I don’t make such statements lightly. It’s a bit of a silly name — the Nomz part is for nom nom, which people type in a message when they want to affect chewing sounds. Don’t look at me, I just report these things. The menu here is less confusing than most Vietnamese restaurants, which often have more than 100 types of soup, rice and noodle dishes, though the actual options may even be more numerous here. That’s because Viet-Nomz’s concept is a variation of an assemblage operation. That is, …
The city of Groveland is barred from recognizing George Rosario as mayor. A circuit court judge issued a temporary injunction against the newly-elected central Florida mayor.