Maggie Martin

News Host/Reporter

Maggie Martin was the host of Morning Edition at Alabama Public Radio. The popular news program airs every weekday morning starting at 5:00 AM. For over three decades, Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with news stories, interviews and commentaries. Maggie highlighted the wide range of programming featured on Morning Edition, from the informative to the quirky.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Maggie started her public radio career as a reporter and weekend news anchor at WFUV based out of Fordham University in New York City. She filed daily news stories on the tri-state area and covered Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Super Tuesday 2008 among other reports.

After graduating Fordham in 2009, Maggie spent a few years between Chapel Hill, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., and Austin, TX to hone her skills. Her most memorable stories during her travels include a couple who owned four pet bears (Albert, Cherry Bomb, Baloo and Teddy) along North Carolina’s coast and covering the Texas GOP election on an exotic game ranch (complete with zebras and buffalo) outside of Austin, TX.

Maggie joined APR in December 2010 and stayed with us until 2013. She received an Associated Press Award for The Battle of Fort Gaines. Her favorite stories to cover are the historical and quirky.

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Sea urchins are considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world, including Japan and the United States. The market for this "foie gras of the sea" is growing rapidly — so fast that supply can't keep up with demand.

But a scientist in Birmingham, Ala., says he's found a solution: He's built a sea urchin farm in his lab and has even developed a food for them to make them taste better. Now, he wants to take his tasty urchins out of his farm and into restaurants across the country.

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. An organization in Northport is offering free resources designed to help families care for loved ones struggling with the disease.  APR’s Maggie Martin sat down with Stephanie Buffaloe of the Home Instead Senior Care center. Buffaloe says for her, educating others about the disease hits close to home. The center will host free workshops later this month and in October. They’re also offering a free home kit with more resources and information on Alzheimer’s

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If you'd like to hear more of Alabama Public Radio's international award winning coverage of the civil rights movement, click below. Pat D. All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement. One of the biggest fights in the movement was the effort to desegregate schools. That included Tuskegee High School.  In 1963, a lawsuit was filed to desegregate, and a federal court agreed. Thirteen black students were chosen to integrate the school and anticipated starting classes with their white peers on September 2nd.

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If you'd like to hear more of Alabama Public Radio's international award winning coverage of the civil rights movement, click below. Pat D. 

50 years ago, a bomb exploded at the 16th street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Four young girls were killed in the blast. It would take 14 years before the first Klansman was tried and convicted in the bombing. Robert Chambliss was found guilty of his part in the attack.

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Actress Ali MacGraw is speaking at the Huntsville Museum of Art today. MacGraw rose to fame in 1969 for her role in Goodbye, Columbus, for which she won a Golden Globe award. Shortly after, MacGraw starred in Love Story, for which she earned a second Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Today, MacGraw is in Huntsville as a special guest for the art museum’s ‘Voices of Our Times’ event. MacGraw says she’s traveled all over the world, but this is her first visit to the South.

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2013 marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal moments in the civil rights era in Alabama. The movement would lead to desegregation of schools and businesses in the Deep South. But, along with these victories, there were casualties along the way. Desegregation almost killed one small Alabama town.

“This used to be the main drag. The school would always have a homecoming parade, Christmas parade. So it was always kind of a celebration strip. And all these homes left and right, I knew everybody in these homes.”

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A few months ago, visitors walking through Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia would be flooded with music. A look through the songs in the museum’s jukebox, for instance, and you could play anything you liked-for free.

But today, it’s a different story.

“The Hall of Fame is presently closed due to lack of funding," says Wiley Barnard. He's Executive Director of the Music Hall of Fame. "Our power is off. We’re in the dark.”

Barnard says the museum has been closed since Christmas because it owes money to the state-- about $26,000 to be exact.

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The quality of health care for female veterans will be the highlight at a town hall meeting in Tuscaloosa tonight. The American Legion is hosting the event. It’s the country’s largest organization of war-time veterans. Officials say women now make up about 15 percent of the country’s service members. About 340,000 women veterans are currently enrolled in the VA health-care system, and officials say they expect that number to keep growing. Roscoe Butler is a field representative with the American Legion.

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The American Heart Association of Birmingham is taking a unique approach to heart disease this month. Starting February 1, the Red Couch Campaign encourages survivors and those impacted by the disease to sit on a red couch and share their stories. Matt Hooper is with the American Heart Association in Birmingham. He says some participants are reluctant to share their stories.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham collected several interviews with African-Americans in the area and is sharing 10 of them tonight during an open house at UAB’s Digital Media Commons. UAB students collaborated with the StoryCorps Griot Initiative for the project. “Griot” is a West-African word meaning “storyteller.” Rosie O’Beirne is director of digital media and learning at UAB. She says the process began two years ago.

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In just a few days, Mobile County turns 200 years old. Over the past year, the county’s hosted several events leading up to December 18th. They included outdoor music concerts and even a “Tribute to Elvis Gala,” celebrating the King of Rock and Roll who performed in Mobile in the 1950’s. The year-long celebration will wrap up Saturday with a birthday bash complete with two-thousand and twelve cupcakes.

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A big deadline is looming today for state's like Alabama. Washington wants to know which states plan to create their own health insurance exchanges, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Each state that says “no” will leave that job up to the federal government. Today's deadline comes just days after the University of Alabama at Birmingham released a report related to the expansion of Medicaid under the act. The report says if Alabama opts into the Medicaid expansion, it could mean a billion dollars in new tax revenue for the state.

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The Governor's Mansion in Montgomery is getting ready for the first of three evenings of public tours during the Christmas season.

First Lady Dianne Bentley says the mansion will be open from 5-7 p.m. Monday and during the same hours Dec. 10 and 17. Decorators from across the state volunteered to decorate the mansion and the neighboring Hill House for the holidays. The first lady said she wants to share that with the public.

Free tickets for the tours are available at the Governor's Mansion gift shop across the street from the side entrance of the mansion at 30 Finley Ave.

Wild Drag Racing is the most popular "camp" event at a gay rodeo. Men dress up in drag and have to get on a steer and go across a white line in under 1 minute. Not as easy as it sounds, as you can see from the video above.
The man with the red feather in his hat is John Beck, the "Grandfather" of the Gay Rodeo. He invented Wild Drag Racing. Competitors say it's one of the most dangerous events in a gay rodeo.

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