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Julieta Martinelli


Martinelli is the 2017-2018 newsroom fellow at WPLN. She began as an intern in summer 2017, where she reported on immigration, social issues and criminal justice, among other topics. Before arriving in Nashville, she split her time between the assignment desk and assisting the investigative team at CBS-46 in Atlanta. She has produced news segments and worked as a production manager for live shows with GSU-TV, her college station, and Georgia Public Broadcasting.  She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in criminal justice from Georgia State University in May 2017. 

Before attaining her degree, Martinelli spent five years managing operations and media for a major Atlanta law firm and also worked as a writer and copy editor for Real Atlanta Magazine, a now-defunct bilingual monthly. She has previously interned at Gwinnett Daily Post and Atlanta Latino, a Spanish-language weekly, where she stayed on to report on immigration, education and issues affecting the immigrant community. Martinelli is a National Association of Hispanic Journalists scholarship winner, a NAHJ-NABJ 2016 Student Projects fellow and in 2017 was named a Chips Quinn Scholar by the Newseum Institute.

Shelbyville Loves

Murfreesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee, and like many in the South, it has a busy town square where locals often hang out, shop and dine.

But this weekend, it's probably going to look very different.

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Many of the businesses in the area where two white nationalist rallies are expected to happen next Saturday will be closing their doors. Most of the establishments affected are small, private businesses, like hair salons and real estate offices.

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When members of white nationalist groups declared that they planned to rally in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro at the end of the month, some asked how the cities could allow such a thing.

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A nearly one million dollar injury lawsuit against the city and a former police officer could be settled for just $10,000 if approved by the Metro Council this evening.


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For three years, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has been using special software to predict where serious or fatal crashes might happen and then sending Troopers there in hopes of preventing them. They are now sharing that technology with every county sheriff’s office in the state.

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Metro Schools will be expanding a strategy to avoid bias when addressing behavioral issues in pre-k classrooms.


The program was instituted in response to statistics that revealed thousands of preschoolers around the country are suspended every year. African American students were more likely to be removed from the classroom, though other studies show that they don’t act out any more than white students.

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A specially trained unit from the Tennessee Air National Guard deployed Wednesday night to help with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Sixteen airmen, including one born and raised in Puerto Rico, have trained for years to assist during domestic national disasters, specifically when power is lost.

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The deadly mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas hit close to home for many Nashvillians. They responded last night with words of encouragement — and country music.  



Over the last five years, 250,000 Tennesseans have lost the right to drive legally. That’s the result of an uncommon state law that makes license suspensions mandatory if drivers can’t afford to pay court fees and traffic fines. A new lawsuit accuses the state of violating the constitutional rights of low income Tennesseans.

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Friends and family of an African American man killed by a Nashville police officer earlier this year say they will not forget. They’ve now begun what they say will be daily protests outside Metro’s East police precinct until the patrolman is fired.