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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


Pennsylvania’s “Parental Bill of Rights” bill is designed to quash discussions on LGBTQ issues in school

The so-called “Parental Bill of Rights,” would require classes at school to be “age appropriate” and prohibit topics on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten up to fifth grade.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvania schools are looking for solutions to retain staff and attract new teachers

School districts in the midstate – and across Pennsylvania – are facing teacher and staff shortages, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education

By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: September 23, 2022 | 5:08 pm

Pennsylvania will not tax student debt forgiveness

Seven states might tax student loan forgiveness. Pennsylvania is not one of them, Governor Tom Wolf says.

By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: September 23, 2022 | 1:43 pm

After Roe v. Wade, Pa. sees more women registering as Democrats

A Democratic consulting firm found that Pennsylvania has one of the biggest gender gaps in new voter registrations.

By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: August 29, 2022 | 12:42 pm

Harrisburg pizza shop employees tried to unionize. Then the shop closed.

Former employees of a now-shuttered restaurant in Harrisburg are filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

By Gabriela Martínez

OSHA finds workplace violations at a Mechanicsburg work site

The agency also released information about 21 recent workplace fatalities in southcentral Pennsylvania.
By Gabriela Martínez

Amid surging inflation, midstate nonprofits are helping parents find back-to-school supplies

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region says it is assisting a record number of families this year
By Gabriela Martínez

A Ukrainian family looks forward to a peaceful life in Lancaster County

The Chekh family drove over 3,000 miles and crossed 5 borders to escape the war in Ukraine and arrive to safety in Lancaster County.

By Gabriela Martínez

Hempfield School District adopts athletic policy limiting how transgender students can participate in team sports

All students must now compete according to their sex assigned at birth, according to the updated policy.
By Gabriela Martínez

7 more Native Americans leave the Carlisle Indian Boarding School Cemetery and return home

The military returned the remains of seven Native American children to their tribal families. Many of the children have been reinterred on their native lands, the U.S. Army said.

By Gabriela Martínez
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