The Texas Newsroom, formed in September 2019 between NPR and four public radio stations in the state, has added two new editors as it gears up to provide statewide election coverage that will air on all four stations and their respective digital platforms leading up to – and on – Super Tuesday, March 3.
Mark Memmott, most recently NPR’s Standards and Practices Editor, is named statewide Managing Editor. Fernanda Camarena will be one of two statewide Senior Editors. Camarena is a veteran of public radio programs “Latino USA” and “Reveal.” The two will join Senior Editor Rachel Osier Lindley, who helped launch the first stage of the statewide collaboration four years ago.
The Texas Newsroom includes partners NPR, lead station KERA Dallas (90.1), KUT Austin (90.5), “Texas Public Radio” KSTX San Antonio (89.1) and “Houston Public Media” KUHF (88.7).
The election coverage will include: A statewide Democratic U.S. Senate debate on Tuesday, Feb. 18, co-produced by KUT with The Texas Tribune and KVUE-TV Austin; KERA is working with KQED San Francisco to produce a nationally distributed radio program, “Countdown to Super Tuesday,” that will feature the hosts of KERA’s “Think” and KQED’s “California Report,” on Friday, Feb. 28; On Super Tuesday, March 3, The Texas Newsroom will produce live coverage, including a special edition of the public radio newsmagazine “Texas Standard” at 7pm and live local and statewide updates during NPR’s national broadcast; Throughout the campaign season, journalists from The Texas Newsroom will explore key themes and topics including first-time Latino voters; the potential shifting tides from a deep-red to purple state; and the challenges of voting efficiently and easily across Texas.
“The 2020 election makes evident the advantages of a multi-station collaboration,” a release read. “By working together, The Texas Newsroom will be able to deliver more voices, more stories and more perspectives from voters across the state on and leading up to election night. This multi-layered coverage will be essential for voters in underserved regions across the state.”