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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

Billy Manes Facebook photo.

Orlando Loses An Icon

One of Orlando’s best-known LGBT advocates, Billy Manes, has died. His former employer Orlando Weekly announced his death online Friday.

Orlando Science Center

Spotlight: Explore Your Identity At An Orlando Exhibit

A temporary traveling exhibit at the Orlando Science Center is riding the wave of popularity enjoyed by genealogy websites, but adding an interactive flair. It’s called “Identity: An Exhibition Of You.”

Spotlight: Kres Chophouse

I don’t know why, but Kres Chophouse hardly pops into my mind when I’m asked about recommendations for downtown dining. Maybe it’s because the last couple of times I had dined there I found it to be only so-so. But I recently decided to give it another go, and I’m glad I did. My companion and I started with a salad of Warm Bacon & Spinach, which had crumbled goat cheese, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and a topping of crisply fried onion frizzles (so much better than croutons). For the soup course, we chose the Lobster Bisque, a velvety smooth broth with a sweet tinge of lobster and a hint of sherry. The New York Strip au Poivre couldn’t have been …

Photo courtesy of The Villages Public Safety Department.

Sinkhole Opens In The Villages

A home in the villages has been deemed too dangerous to live in That’s because a sinkhole opened up on the private property. Lt. John Longacre, emergency resource specialist  for The Villages Public Safety Department, said the house that is next to the sinkhole can’t be lived in until it’s fixed and checked out by an engineer. “I would say it’s about 20 feet across and about 12 to 15 feet deep,” said Longacre. The sinkhole started opening up Monday and got progressively bigger. The Villages had another sinkhole about two year ago and has had others on golf courses. Longarce said no one was hurt. He said central Florida typically will see more sinkholes after a drought followed by …

Tony Moreno and Sofia Deler with their Jimmy Awards
Photo credit: Henry McGee

Spotlight: Local Teen Actors Win Jimmy Awards

The Jimmy Awards are the teen equivalent of the Tony Awards. Two central Florida teens won the top award this year: Tony Moreno of Winter Park and Sofia Deler of Orlando.

Spotlight: Muddy Waters, New Orleans Style Eatery

Muddy Waters, the New Orleans style restaurant that opened recently in Thornton Park, has a second part to its name, a subtitle, as it were. The full name is Muddy Waters, A Two Chefs Restaurant. But not just any two chefs. They’re Bernard Carmouche and Larry Sinibaldi, the two chefs of Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar. That’s key information. Because anyone who has been to that North Quarter restaurant, or is familiar the work of the chefs when they cooked separately — Carmouche with Emeril’s and Sinibaldi with Palm Restaurant —knows that the quality of the food at Muddy Waters is bound to be first rate. It is. In New Orleans style, there’s a fresh oyster shucking station at the …

Photo courtesy of OPD

OPD Makes Its Biggest Drug Bust This Year

Fewer drugs may get in the hands of downtown Orlando club-goers. Law enforcement officials arrested three suspects accused of being in a drug distribution ring.

Spotlight: Tennessee Truffle

Within just a couple of minutes of my arrival, I learned that the chef at Tennessee Truffle is a culinary genius. It wasn’t because of anything I’d eaten or tasted. It was because my server told me so after I said it was my first time there. I’m not sure Mensa has a special test just for chefs. Or if chef Nat Russell would qualify. But I do know that some very clever choices have been made with the menu. The smartest is the way he’s freshened up his shrimp and grits, which has now officially become the most prevalent and overdone entree on Central Florida menus. But Russell’s Everglades Shrimp & Grits seems new. He uses good-sized shrimp for …