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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 criminal justice, immigration and social issues 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. 

Martinelli spent five years managing operations and media for an Atlanta law firm. She previously worked as a writer and copy editor for Real Atlanta Magazine, a now-defunct bilingual monthly, and has had bylines in Gwinnett Daily Post and Atlanta Latino, where she reported in Spanish on immigration, education and issues affecting the Hispanic community in Georgia. 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.

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A group of community organizers is questioning whether Mayor Megan Barry’s proposed public transit plan could actually hurt communities more than it helps.


If a tax referendum is approved next year, the project would kick off with a light rail line on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville. But critics held a small march Tuesday to talk to residents and business owners along the proposed route.

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Public schools in Nashville are receiving praise due to changes in discipline guidelines that have led to a decrease in suspensions by the thousands. But leaders in education point out that there are still problems — including a disproportionate number of minority students still being sent away from the classroom.

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The announcement this month that DACA may be phased out has kicked off a mad dash for thousands of immigrants to renew their permits. They have until Oct. 5 to file the paperwork. A renewal would buy them two extra years if the program comes to an end. But first, they need to come up with the $495 for the application fee.

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Homeowners have publicly grumbled about excessive noise, parking violations and mounting trash as a result of their neighbors operating short-term rental properties via websites like AirBnb and Homeaway. Some even say they are doing so without the proper city permits.


To address those concerns, the city has now hired a call center operated 24/7 by a company in San Francisco. An online portal has also been created.

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Glencliff is one of the most diverse high schools in the state. Almost half of the student population is Hispanic or Latino. And many of them have protection under the DACA program. So that’s where the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition held a workshop Thursday night for students and their families to try to answer “what’s next?” after this week's announcement that the protection could end.

Evelin Salgado


Tuesday was hard for Evelin Salgado’s students. She teaches at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, and many of the seats in her classroom are occupied by DREAMers. They are able to drive, work and enroll in college, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the Trump administration now plans to phase out.

It was a tough day for Salgado too — not just from consoling her students, but because she's a DACA recipient herself.


Darrel Kilburn headed off to Vietnam right after college. He was a helicopter gunship pilot- often tasked with flying over dangerous territory and patrolling for enemy combatants.

Now in his 70’s, the retired Army Colonel still remembers one of his first experiences facing enemy gunfire while flying with a new co-pilot. What could have easily turned tragic, thankfully ended in a humorous memory of two young men acclimating to war.

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An 80-year-old Indiana couple is getting some welcome attention as they finish a quest to eat at every Cracker Barrel in the nation. The Lebanon-based restaurant chain has 645 restaurants in 44 states. Ray and Wilma Yoder have been to all but one.

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Undocumented students in Tennessee have been fighting for in-state tuition for years without getting very far. So, when the governor supported their proposal earlier this year, many felt like they finally had a chance. Then, legislation failed — again.

For undocumented students hoping to go to college this fall, another year of waiting. But as public policy stalls, Tennessee's private sector is stepping up to help them continue their education.

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Sixty years ago, Bobby Cain became the first African-American man to graduate from an integrated high school in the South. Just one year prior, he and 11 other black students had enrolled at Clinton High School in East Tennessee. They became known as the Clinton 12.