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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

The Central Florida Expressway Authority manages more than 100 miles of roads. / Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Tolls To Be Reinstated Following Irma

The Central Florida Expressway Authority will study the impact of suspending tolls before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Tolls are set to return Thursday on a majority of state toll roads.

Spotlight: Naguará K’arepas

Are you an arepas fan? If so, you’re going to want to get over to the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail and try Naguara K’arepas. If you’re not an arepas fan, you should also go here; you’ll soon be a fan. If you’re not sure whether you’re a fan or not, it might be that you just aren’t familiar with them. Arepas are essentially little round corn cakes made with masarepa, a ground cornmeal. Think of a fatter type of tortilla or a South American version of a pita. Like those devices, arepas can be stuffed sandwich-like with any variety of good fillings. They’re especially popular in Colombia and Venezuela, where they’re part of the daily diet. …

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Highway Patrol Says Roads Still Not Safe

Florida Highway Patrol said they’re seeing too many people out “sightseeing” and not obeying the curfew. FHP reports trees are down and there’s standing water from the exit ramps at 528 to 520. Those ramps have been closed in both directions.

Central Fl. Curfews Announced For Irma

Central Florida curfews will be in effect once the storm reaches us. Seminole and Orange Counties have a curfew starting Sunday night at seven. It lasts until Monday evening at six.

Spotlight: Laurel Latin

There’s something about the name Laurel Latin Cuisine that I find quite forgettable. And that’s not good for a restaurant that’s hidden off the main thoroughfare, tucked in the back of a building on Park Avenue. So when I arranged to meet a friend for lunch in Winter Park, I said, “Let’s go to that new restaurant.” “Fine,” she said, “what’s the name?” “I can’t remember,” I responded, “but it’s where Paris-Bistro used to be.” “Paris Bistro is gone?” She was shocked, even though she works just a few blocks away. That might help to explain why Paris-Bistro is gone. Now that I’ve eaten there, I think I’ll have an easier time remembering Laurel Latin Cuisine. The menu is an …

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Hurricane Prep Tips For Residents With Pets

Veterinarians are telling pet owners to prepare for their furry loved ones ahead of Irma. They say pet owners should make a pet evacuation kit with food, medicine and travel supplies.

Puerto Rico Preparing For Hurricane Irma

Puerto Ricans in central Florida are watching Irma as she nears the island. FEMA has more than 500 officials there including a medical team and a search and rescue team. And the Governor of Puerto Rico has asked President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency.