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Gabriela Martínez, Race and Identity Reporter

Gabriela Martínez
Gabriela Martínez is a Report for America corps member covering race and identity in central Pennsylvania with a focus on the region’s growing Latino community. She is interested in grassroots political movements and covering the discussions happening in underrepresented communities of color.

Previously, she worked as an associate producer at Kentucky Educational Television (KET) producing stories on the commonwealth’s diverse regions and contributing to state legislature coverage. She also worked as a news assistant at the PBS NewsHour, interned at WAMU 88.5, and was a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Russia. Gabriela holds a master’s degree in multiplatform journalism from the University of Maryland.

Gabriela was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish, English and Russian.

Latest by Gabriela Martínez

Why does the state museum have the remains of hundreds of Native Americans?

The State Museum of Pennsylvania has the 24th-largest collection of unrepatriated Native American remains in the country. Getting them back to their tribes is a challenge.
By Gabriela Martínez

Harrisburg still trying to clear out tent city under Mulberry Street bridge

The city is working with nonprofit partners to help the remaining residents find shelter
By Gabriela Martínez

Khalid Mumin: Educators in Reading celebrate Josh Shapiro’s pick for Education secretary

Mumin played a key role in Reading School District’s financial recovery.
By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: January 4, 2023 | 3:05 pm

Top stories of 2022: End of Roe v. Wade puts abortion access on the ballot in Pennsylvania

Reproductive rights advocates say there is more to be done to ensure patients have access to abortion and to expand the availability of maternal health services.

By Gabriela Martínez

Top stories of 2022: School policies targeting trans youth

This year, at least seven districts in Pennsylvania have dealt with public complaints and legal challenges related to LGBTQ issues.

By Gabriela Martínez

The Wolf administration awards security grants to organizations that could be targeted by hate crimes

The Wolf administration is giving $3.9 million to 93 nonprofits, community and religious organizations it says can be targeted by hate crimes.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvania will have 36 new historical markers

The new markers add to more than 2,500 others throughout the state and will be installed in 18 counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Cambria, Clinton, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lehigh, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Washington, and York.

By Gabriela Martínez

Immigration advocates seek release–not transfer–of women still in Berks detention center

About 50 people gathered in front of the Berks County Residential Center to call for the release of women who are still housed there.

By Gabriela Martínez

Immigrant detention center in Berks County will close

For more than a decade, the center had been one of three places where U.S. immigration enforcement would detain families with children.

By Staff and Gabriela Martínez