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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

Pa. Republican governor candidates push for parents’ rights in public education

Pennsylvania Republican governor candidates are pushing for parents rights in public education, but parents and educators say schools already have mechanisms for reviewing and challenging curriculum.

By Gabriela Martínez

York County Underground Railroad site purchased for preservation

The Mifflin House farmstead in eastern York County–also known as Hybla–once served as a safe house for enslaved people traveling North for freedom.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvania groups react to leaked draft SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe v. Wade

Abortion rights groups and supporters, as well anti-abortion groups, are reacting to and planning for the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvania’s plan fails to meet goal for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, the EPA says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Pennsylvania is not on track to meet its goal to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvanians testify about book bans in Washington D.C.

Two students from Central York School District, a librarian from Lancaster County and a parent from Bucks County testified about book bans.

By Gabriela Martínez

Activists and LGBTQ residents call for Chambersburg’s nondiscrimination ordinance to be reinstated

“This is just the beginning,” said Janelle Crossley, founder of the PA Coalition for Trans Youth.

By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: April 7, 2022 | 2:49 pm

Groups in Pennsylvania are touting abortion pill reversal. Doctors are concerned, because there’s no evidence it works

Anti-abortion groups in Pennsylvania and across the United States are touting an abortion reversal pill, but doctors are concerned, because there’s no evidence it works.

By Gabriela Martínez

Pennsylvania has a truck driver shortage, a new truck-driving apprenticeship in Carlisle hopes to tackle the problem

Pennsylvania is short almost 4,000 drivers, according to the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
By Gabriela Martínez

Searching for historic African American sites in Pennsylvania, a new project uses crowdsourcing

The Chesapeake Mapping Initiative is using a crowdsourcing tool called WikiMap about places that have not been recognized in past historical preservation efforts.

By Gabriela Martínez