Gabriela Martinez
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Gabriela Martinez is a reporter in the Capital News Service Washington bureau. She was part of ViewFinder ‘17, a team of UMD student photojournalists who covered the opioid epidemic in Anne Arundel County. She has worked as an intern for the NBC Investigative Unit and the Prince George’s Sentinel.

September 29, 2017
#MakeRentAffordable tweetstorm garners national attention

On Wednesday night, the hashtag #MakeRentAffordable became a trending topic on Twitter thanks to Make Room, an organization dedicated to advocating for renters’ rights in the United States. The group organized the tweetstorm in an attempt to raise awareness about the rising cost of living. The organization has dubbed September as National Month for Renters. […]

November 15, 2017
Baltimore charity takes aid to Puerto Rico

BALTIMORE — Janet Arce arrived at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport before 5 a.m. last Thursday. She wore rain boots and carted a pile of suitcases full of donations for a humanitarian trip to Puerto Rico. “I’m going to be serving people as soon as I leave the plane,” Arce said in a video interview […]

November 1, 2017
Puerto Rican couple among many living at least temporarily in Maryland

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Elizabeth Vázquez’s house has a basement apartment, specially built for her parents, Nicolás Vázquez and Priscila Rodríguez. For the past four years, they stayed there during the summer and went back to Puerto Rico for the winter. Hurricane María changed their plans and brought them back to their daughter’s basement, where […]

October 13, 2017
Responding to Trump threat, Van Hollen urges more, “not less,” Puerto Rico aid

WASHINGTON – Responding to President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw federal disaster aid to Puerto Rico, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, said the government should be doing more to help the devastated territory, “not less.” Van Hollen said that three weeks after Hurricane Maria, most Puerto Ricans still do not have access to power, food […]

October 26, 2017
State lawmakers use Twitter to urge renewal of CHIP funds

State legislators have been actively tweeting, urging Congress to pass legislation that reauthorizes the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke about the need for a bipartisan approach to this issues in a statement provided to Capital News Service.