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Web Extra: NPR's A Martínez on the Future of Public Radio

A Martinez at the S.J. Quinney College of Law
Brian Albers
A Martínez at the S.J. Quinney College of Law

When A Martínez got his first job in public radio in 2012, he was already well into a very successful radio career. He also knew nothing about public radio or the public radio world. So, how did he end up here?

Like a lot of things in Martínez's life, it was his passion for baseball that landed him in public radio. His curiosity and love of the sport led to a career covering and traveling with the L.A. Dodgers for 10 years, which, in turn, led to an invitation to co-host KPCC's popular morning show. Sports and public radio aren't the most obvious of pairings, but that was one of the many stereotypes Martínez had to contend with on the road to the Morning Edition host seat.

This week, we sat down with A Martínez at the S.J. Quinney College of Law for a conversation about public radio and identity, why curiosity is the root of a good conversation and what makes a great baseball city.