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
12:05 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Ready Alabama Day Demonstrates State Disaster Preparedness

Firefighters enter Wallace Hall in August 2011 as part of a disaster preparedness drill.
Steve Latham/JSU Jacksonville State University

September is National Preparedness Month and Alabama officials are hosting a Ready Alabama Day in Jacksonville on Thursday, September 6. It’s a chance for Alabamians to see how nearly 50 federal and local agencies prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.

“Ready Alabama Day is basically a time when first responders at the local, federal and state levels come together and really bring their toys,” says Jon Mason. He’s director of Serve Alabama, a state agency that focuses on disaster preparedness and volunteerism.

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Arts & Life
10:02 am
Mon September 3, 2012

UA Students Face Isaac in New Orleans for Research

Research students from the the University of Alabama measure wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New Orleans, La.
AP Photo/Eric Gay The Associated Press

Residents along the Gulf Coast are beginning to survey the damage left in Hurricane Isaac’s wake. Some University of Alabama research students are also assessing the impact of the storm. Four UA graduate students went to New Orleans and braced themselves against the high winds and heavy rains for research. John Mason is one of those students.

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Arts & Life
12:37 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Seven UA Athletes Participate in 2012 Paralympic Games

Oscar Pistorius, aka the "Blade Runner," was the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics and will be competing in this year’s Paralympics as well.
http://www.oscarpistorius.com/

The 2012 Paralympic Games in London kick off today and the University of Alabama has is well represented in this year’s games. Seven athletes from UA’s Adapted Athletics program will compete in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Charlie Katica is head coach for the women’s wheelchair basketball team at UA.

“Everyone who’s here is extremely motivated,” says Katica. “Really the challenges were to almost hold them back at some point just because they were training real hard and really trying to be at their peak for the Paralympics.”

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Coastal Schools Closed in Anticipation of Isaac

Many schools and colleges along Alabama’s coast are closed as residents brace for Tropical Storm Isaac. The Press-Register compiled the following list:

-Mobile and Baldwin County public schools (closed through Wednesday)

-Catholic schools in Mobile and Baldwin County (closed through Wednesday)

- UMS-Wright Preparatory, St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Luke’s Episcopal schools (closed through Wednesday)

-Bayside Academy in Daphne (closed through Wednesday)

-Saraland public schools (closed through Wednesday)

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Chief Justice Race
12:45 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Vance only Democrat for Alabama chief justice

Judge Robert Vance is the Democratic nominee for Chief Justice.
blog.al.com

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. is the only Democrat to sign up to run for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

The Democratic Party's deadline to sign up was noon Wednesday.

The Democratic Party began seeking a new candidate after a party committee disqualified the original Democratic nominee, Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, on Friday. Lyon said Wednesday that he plans to vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore as a matter of principle.

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Arts & Life
11:44 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Muscle Shoals Musicians Take Signature Sound to Franklin, TN

Percy Sledge headlined the sold-out Muscle Shoals tribute show in Franklin, TN.
Maggie Martin/APR News

It's the Saturday afternoon of the show and several Muscle Shoals musicians are warming up for a sound check. The big drawing card is rhythm and blues legend Percy Sledge, whose signature song, “When A Man Loves A Woman,” was recorded in the Shoals area. It’s a tune bassist David Hood knows well.

Hood has worked with Percy Sledge for 45 years. His job tonight is to get the band tuned up and ready for Sledge’s arrival just before show time. He says almost five decades of doing that has taught him a few things.

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Dead Stop
2:20 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Uncovering Secrets Buried At A Neglected Cemetery

Volunteers have been collecting grave markers like these and trying to figure out where they go.
Maggie Martin NPR

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 10:07 am

At most cemeteries, hearing weed cutters and lawn mowers trimming grass around graves would seem normal enough. But at Lincoln Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala., these are the sounds of progress.

Lincoln Cemetery was established in 1907 for African-Americans. But with no one in charge of the cemetery or keeping up with burial records, abuse, vandalism and neglect became rampant and the cemetery is in disrepair. Grass and weeds grew three feet high. People picked apart old, crumbling graves and took bones of the deceased.

And no one is quite where people are actually buried.

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Politics & Government
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Alabama Educational Television Commission Hires Law Firm

www.apt.org

The Alabama Educational Television Commission unanimously approved to hire the Birmingham law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt LLC to represent the commission in a lawsuit. Commission members voted during a special/called meeting at Alabama Public Television headquarters earlier today.

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Science & Health
9:27 am
Mon July 30, 2012

UAB Giving Cancer Prevention Program Positive Feedback

The University of Alabama at Birmingham says a new federal program focused on disease prevention is having a positive impact on the region. UAB’s local coalition aims to decrease death rates for cervical and breast cancer.

“Our program focused on women in eight counties in Alabama, particularly around screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer,” says Dr. Edward Partridge, Director of UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Society.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

AIDS Alabama in Washington, D.C. to Promote Awareness of Epidemic in the South

AIDS 2012

More than 25,000 people are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week for the 19thAnnual International AIDS Conference. It’s the first time in more than 20 years that the U.S. will host the conference.

“The reason that the U.S. could not have the conference is because we had a ban on allowing people who are HIV-positive into the United States,” says Kathie Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama. “And we were one of the few countries that had that ban.”

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Developing
3:11 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Questions Remain Following Copper Top Shooting

Authorities in Tuscaloosa are piecing together what led to a shooting at a downtown bar that left seventeen people injured.  

This is how the day ended.

“I’d like to report to the media and the public that we do have a suspect in custody at this time,” says Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson

This is how it started.

“At approximately 12:29 am, the Tuscaloosa Police Department started receiving 9-1-1 calls concerning an individual who was shooting at the Copper Top Bar.”

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Arts & Life
1:14 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Lincoln Cemetery

Volunteer Phyllis Armstrong compiles a list of graves that need identification.
Maggie Martin/APR News

When you go to any cemetery, you hear the sound of weed cutters and lawn mowers carefully cutting grass around graves for maintenance. But at Lincoln Cemetery, it’s a new sound of progress.

“We’re looking at a cemetery that has been neglected for many years that right now we are trying to restore and save it,” says volunteer Phyllis Armstrong, as she carefully navigates through the cemetery. She’s been cleaning up Lincoln for a decade and is familiar with its dark history.

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Black Belt 100 Lenses Project
1:57 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

"The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project"

A project may shed new light on Alabama's Black Belt region. "The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project" showcases the culture of the region through the eyes of high school students. The exhibition at the University of Alabama uses photography and interviews of residents of the Black Belt to document what their culture means to them.

Doctor Heather Pleasants is Director of Educational Development at UA's Center for Community-Based Partnerships.

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Reaction to Gay Rodeo
1:54 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Gay Rodeo Supporters React to Alabama Efforts

Early on a Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, today's gay rodeo is slowly picking up pace. Competitors quickly move to make it to their event and spectators wander about the arena. William Edlin of Austin, TX is bright-eyed and ready to go. In his eight years on the circuit, Edlin says he hasn't seen too much conflict and anticipates a gay rodeo in Alabama will have a positive impact.

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Gay Rodeo: Nuts and Bolts
1:52 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tips From Texas On How To Put On A Gay Rodeo

Contestants get ready to put underwear on goats for one of the rodeo's most popular events.

Excitement buzzes in the air of a large arena in Fort Worth, TX as the loudspeakers boom with the announcer's voice.
"Ladies and Gentlemen! TGRA would like to welcome you to Fort Worth, Texas!"

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