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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: Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro



The Lunar New Year celebration begins today and ushers in the Year of the Dog. Dog years are my favorites, even though they seem longer than the others. Sometimes called Chinese New Year, the event is celebrated by several Asian countries. It’s never on the same day but rather is tied to the occurrence of the first new moon between January 1 and February 20. The moon will be newest on Feb. 16 this year. So you might see some celebrations around town, especially in the area of Mills 50 where there is a high concentration of Asian businesses and restaurants. Look for lanterns, red ribbons and firecrackers. There might be dragons. And you can participate by dining out at …


Photo by Crystal Chavez

The Queen Of Tejano Arrives To Orlando



Selena Quintanilla Perez is in central Florida. Her wax figure is in town for a limited time at Madame Tussauds on I-Drive.


Photo courtesy of Osceola Arts.

Spotlight: Osceola Arts Wraps Up “The Last Five Years”



This is the last weekend to catch Osceola Art’s presentation of the musical, “The Last Five Years” at its Stage Left Studio theater. The show explores a relationship between two people over a five-year period.




Spotlight: Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar



I’ve lost track of all the businesses that have occupied the space at 4315 N. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. I’m pretty sure my first encounter with the massive property on the shore of Lake Fairview was with Shooters Waterfront, an Orlando version of the Intracoastal Waterway hot spot from Ft. Lauderdale that opened here in 1990. Didn’t last long. The new tenant is Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar, which is similar to Shooters in that it is an inland location of an open water eatery, namely Port Canaveral. But Grills differs from the old Shooters in one major aspect: It offers good food to go with the view. Because of its proximity to water, Grills has always …




Principal Rick Fleming. Photo courtesy of Brevard Public Schools.

Meet Rick Fleming, A Florida ‘Principal Of The Year’ Finalist



Rick Fleming is one of three finalists across the state for Florida’s 2018 Principal of the Year award. He is principal of West Shore Junior/Senior High in Brevard Public Schools. He has served the district for more than 20 years in teaching and administrative roles. 90.7’s Crystal Chavez spoke to Fleming as part of reporting from WMFE’s Education Desk.




Spotlight: Tacos El Rancho



The tacofication of Central Florida continues. No food trend has held quite as strongly as tacos. Not that tacos are new. The taco as it’s known from its roots predates the arrival to Mexico of Spaniards, who apparently were able to just walk in because there was no wall to keep them out. And some of those early tacos were just as creative in their fillings as some of our tonier craft tacomongers, with such things as whole, small fish in a tortilla wrapper. There are few rules involving tacos. As long as you have a tortilla as your base, what you put inside is up to you. Corn tortillas are a bit more traditional, but you’re more likely to …



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