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. Turnpike Commission says Thanksgiving weekend will be the busiest travel holiday of the year

More than three million people will use the toll road during the six-day holiday period from now until Sunday. 

By Gabriela Martínez

Updated: November 24, 2021 | 10:13 am

Formerly enslaved people made an impact at Dickinson College. The school is now honoring their names

After research into the college’s ties to slavery, a residence hall and a gate will be renamed.

By Gabriela Martínez

Fulton County withheld money from library over its LGBTQ support. Then the online fund-raisers began

The library was asking for a $3,000 boost to its budget. It now has more than $30,000 in online donations.

By Gabriela Martínez

In central Pa., historic Black cemeteries often lay hidden. These groups work to ensure they’re not forgotten

Lebanon Cemetery in North York is an example of how historic Black cemeteries can be saved through grassroots efforts.

By Gabriela Martínez

‘They can do it too:’ redistricting groups hope to set examples for lawmakers with publicly-sourced maps

Two groups say political boundaries they produced included input from people who all want their voices heard.

By Sam Dunklau and Gabriela Martínez

Overriding mayor’s veto, Chambersburg adopts LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance

The law will go into effect immediately without the mayor’s signature.

By Gabriela Martínez

People living with HIV ask for ‘dehumanizing’ state laws to be taken off the books

Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that has HIV-specific statutes and regulations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Gabriela Martínez

”My body, my choice:” Abortion rights advocates in Harrisburg rally against anti-abortion bills

Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto any anti-abortion bill that lands on his desk. 

By Gabriela Martínez

Chambersburg mayor vetoes nondiscrimination ordinance approved by Borough Council

On Sept. 20, council voted 7-3 to pass the ordinance. 

By Gabriela Martínez

Pa. sets aside $655 million in federal pandemic relief money for child care programs

Between March 2020 and the end of August 2021, 921 child care providers permanently closed in Pennsylvania and 680 new ones opened.

By Gabriela Martínez