Raquel Martin joined the Washington D.C. Bureau in March 2019 from WCIA3 in Springfield, IL, where she was a Statehouse Reporter/producer covering Illinois politics.

Raquel began her career in 2014 as a writer at KUSI in San Diego. In 2015, she joined KABC-TV in Los Angeles as an Assignment Editor, where she honed her news gathering skills, covering breaking news events including the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack.

In 2017 Raquel landed her first on-air job at WCIA3. There she interviewed countless political leaders and reported on major political stories including the state’s historic budget impasse, the 2018 Congressional Midterm election, and the Illinois governor’s race. She also covered visits by high profile national figures, including President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In Washington Raquel will build upon her prior experience and continue to report on the issues most important to local viewers.

Recent Articles
  • Lawmakers discuss more power in FDA with cosmetics

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the growing number of unregulated cosmetic products on the market. Lawmakers are looking to pass two pieces of legislation to give the FDA more power to review ingredients in products like makeup, deodorant, perfumes and issue recalls — if any hazards are discovered. This takes place as Johnson & Johnson faces lawsuits over claims of an ingredient in its baby powder that is causing cancer. If passed, this will be […]

  • Program to help thousands access HIV prevention drug

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it’s launching a new federal program to help thousands of uninsured Americans access prEP, the life-saving HIV prevention drug, at zero cost. “It’s really a historic day. Quite Frankly, it’s unprecedented,” Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary said. “This is such a remarkable program. We have negotiated for this product to be free — free!” Azar says that without insurance, daily doses of prEP can cost up to $2,000 dollars […]

  • Fight against PFAS gets help from Hollywood

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — The fight to keep PFAS out of millions of Americans’ drinking water got a little help from Hollywood. Actor Mark Ruffalo joined lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill to promote a new film highlighting the health effects of PFAS on the environment and America’s health. Ruffalo’s new film, “Dark Waters,” tells the true story of a lawyer who helped expose the dangers of PFAS, also known as forever chemicals, that are linked to cancer. The chemicals have […]

  • No clear map yet for legalizing self-driving cars

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Congress is still struggling to pass legislation that would put self-driving cars on the roads. Federal law currently bans fully autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads. Last year, both chambers of Congress tried and failed to pass legislation to change that. Now, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is working on a bill on the issue. He said industry experts are reviewing a new plan to fund the research and infrastructure needed to make it happen. “We want to hear […]

  • Trump’s vaping ban to be released this week

    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Donald Trump says a ban on flavored vaping products will be rolled out this week. The ban was promised about two months ago amid an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses across the country. So far, about 2,000 people have been affected and dozens have died. The vaping industry is in a “state of panic” waiting for the new federal rules, Mike Hogan of vaping trade association Smoke-Free Alternatives said. “It’s a tough situation for (vape shop […]

  • About CW39 Houston

    KIAH-TV is a CW affiliate that has been broadcasting in Houston for over 50 years! The station signed on as an independent (Ch 39) in 1967 under the call letters KHTV and was initially best known for its presentation of Houston Wrestling with Paul Boesch. A charter affiliate of the WB Network, the station call letters were changed to KHWB in September of 1999 and “WB39 News at 9” debuted in the fall of 2000. After the dissolution of the WB Network […]

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