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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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.

Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Countdown to Election: Ala. District 7

U.S. Representative Terri Sewell serves Alabama's 7th Congressional District. She is running against Republican Don Chamberlain in Tuesday's election.
http://en.wikipedia.org

November 6th is now just one day away. For Alabamians, it means they’ll cast their votes not only for who they want as president, but who they want to serve as their U.S. Congressional representative. In District 7, which includes Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Dallas, and Wilcox counties, Democratic incumbent Terri Sewell is running against Republican Don Chamberlain. Sewell was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010. She is the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

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Arts & Life
12:45 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

International Film Conference Addresses Global Human Rights Issues

A scene from the documentary “Tahrir: Liberation Square.”
nytimes.com

Starting today, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is hosting an international film conference. The event will host more than 60 filmmakers and scholars from around the world to talk about how filmmaking plays into the international struggle for civil and human rights. I sat down to talk with Doctor Serge Bokobza, who chairs the foreign languages department at UAB and heads up the conference. He says his year’s event is homage to the 49th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Becky Collier's assistant brings out a bald eagle for schoolkids to see. It's part of the Raptor Trek presentation at the West Alabama Birding Trail Launch September 21.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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Arts & Life
7:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Birder Paul Franklin spots something in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Alabama Power Workers Mobilize for Storm

Authorities say more than 500 power workers from Alabama are heading north along the East Coast to help restore power as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.

Alabama Power Co. spokesman Mike Jordan says the company mobilized a force of 365 people Friday and those workers were scheduled to be in the Washington, D.C. area by Sunday.

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Arts & Life
7:32 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Author of 'Forrest Gump' to Speak in Tuscaloosa

Credit gardenandgun.com

The author of "Forrest Gump" is scheduled to speak at the University of Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/QHNq3l) that Winston Groom will speak at noon on Oct. 29 at the Ferguson Theater on the campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Groom is a 1965 University of Alabama graduate. He is expected to discuss the influence of the university and football on his writing.

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Politics & Government
7:27 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Former Mobile Commissioner Sentenced to 2 years

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine is sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Credit Press-Register file/John David Mercer

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine has been sentenced to two years in jail in a case that grew out of the death of his former girlfriend, Angel Downs.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge Charles Partin ordered Nodine to serve two years in jail for perjury and one year each for a domestic violence charge and an ethics violation. The judge said Wednesday the sentences will run concurrently.

The former commissioner made a plea deal in September just days before his second murder trial was set to start for Downs' shooting death. The murder case was closed.

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Politics & Government
9:28 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al. District 4

U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R) is expected to win in the November election for Alabama's 4th Congressional District.
en.wikipedia.org

As the November 6th elections draw near, APR News is taking a closer look at each of Alabama's congressional districts to understand what issues voters in those areas have on their minds leading into next month. This week, we take a look at Alabama's 4th Congressional District, which stretches from East to West Alabama and include the cities of Gadsden and Jasper. Doctor Larry Powell is an expert on political communications, political ads and polling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He says there have been fewer campaign ads for both local and national races this year.

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Arts & Life
12:23 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Athens Grease Festival Celebrates All Things Fried

Fried candy corn dropped into a deep fryer.
Maggie Martin/APR News

If you’re a fan of fried anything, the smell here can be intoxicating. Hundreds have turned out for the first ever Athens Grease Festival, with knives and forks at the ready, The celebration of all things fried is a play on the origin of the city’s name from Athens, Greece.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al. District 2

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (Al-2)
en.wikipedia.org

(Martin): For residents in Alabama's second congressional district, what are the issues they're going to be concerned with this election season?

(Taylor): Well I think clearly the issues that are most in the minds of people in the second district is true across the state is still the state of the economy and jobs, I think the themes that are important to the district are mostly generic ones like the basic state of the economy.

(Maggie): Now there’s also Fort Rocker which is in Dale County what will this US army post look for this election season? 

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Some Animal Clinics Worry About Proposed Rules

Operators of some nonprofit clinics that spay and neuter animals say new rules being considered by a state board could cause them to close their doors.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/Uy6Wib) that the proposed rules are under consideration by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

If approved, the rules would prohibit non-veterinarians from hiring veterinarians and would prohibit non-veterinarians, including non-profit groups, from owning veterinarian equipment.

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Politics & Government
1:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al District 1

ballotpedia.org

U.S. voters are just a few weeks shy of casting their ballot for president. Both candidates have discussed several issues during their campaigns, with economic recovery taking the forefront. That’s an issue that resonates with residents in Alabama’s first congressional district, which includes Mobile. Several developments over the summer are spurring economic growth in the coastal city, including an agreement with Airbus.

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Arts & Life
8:27 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Tuskegee Airmen to Return to Historic Airfield

tuskegee.edu

Four original Tuskegee Airmen from Dallas will return to Tuskegee for the first time since the 1940s on Friday and Saturday. Their arrival at Montgomery Regional Airport in Montgomery, Ala. will be greeted by cadets from Tuskegee University’s Air Force ROTC Friday.

“We’re going to come out strong, cheer and give them a path of honor,” said Lt. Col Kelly Primus, commander of the Air Force ROTC.

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Arts & Life
2:31 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Winner Talks About New Book on Mobile

Edward O. Wilson displays prized ant specimens, 1991.
The Associated Press

Doctor E.O. Wilson is probably best known for his expertise on insects, particularly ants. But Wilson’s new book isn’t about tiny creatures. Why We Are Here: Mobile and The Spirit of A Southern City is a profile of Wilson’s boyhood town. He collaborated with photographer Alex Harris to capture the history of the coastal city.

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