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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.

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.

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A former Murfreesboro soldier is coming home. Technical Sergeant William O’Kieff died in a plane crash during the Vietnam War. It would take nearly 50 years for his remains to be identified.

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The complete investigation file on the fatal shooting of a black man by a white metro police officer was released today. Among the 615 pages of material, is concern over how the man’s gun was handled at the scene and a single witness who claims the officer used a racial slur just moments after the shooting.

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Local tech startups are more popular than ever — with investors outside of Tennessee, that is.

Data that tracks capital investment trends in the last five years show a steady rise in funding from out-of-state backers. But funding from investors in Tennessee hasn’t seen the same growth. 

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A Chinese-owned company that makes memory foam pillows and mattresses opened its first American manufacturing plant in La Vergne on Tuesday.

Sinomax, which has provided products for Walmart stores since 2006, invested $28 million in the new facility and is expected to create 350 local jobs. 

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The Metro Council will soon review new legislation asking the city to stop honoring voluntary detention requests from immigration agents.  The ordinances, presented this week by Council Member At-Large Bob Mendes and District 17 Councilman Colby Sledge, would be the closest Nashville has come to having sanctuary city-like laws, which they say still meet federal and state guidelines.

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A smartphone will now become a more critical tool for nurses and EMT’s in Middle Tennessee. A new phone app makes it possible for them to request a medical flight with the push of a button.


Spencer Wiggins had been in college just a few months when he decided to volunteer for the Vietnam War. Now an education executive, he volunteers and works with veterans — some from the same conflict.

But the Brentwood resident admits that he still has some of his own emotions to sort out. He was interviewed by his daughter inside the StoryCorps’ Airstream trailer that was parked outside of Nashville Public Radio's studios.


IKEA has been quietly scouting Nashville for more than six years. That is according to the Swedish furniture giant, who just announced plans to open its newest location in Antioch.

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The Nashville Predators are warning fans not to be fooled by counterfeit tickets. The hockey team is playing in its first Stanley Cup finals and tickets are reselling for upwards of a thousand dollars.

Team officials say scammers are more skilled than ever at reproducing near perfect counterfeits, even mimicking the raised seals and holograms.

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Of six booming metropolitan areas in the South, Nashville has the highest rate of injured workers. That’s according to a new study conducted by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and two national labor organizations.