Michael Rodriguez

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Michael Rodriguez is the deputy editor for The Monitor. He can be reached at mrodriguez@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4439.

Jenny Martinez, KRGV’s longtime news director and enigmatic figure in RGV journalism, steps down

She wrung her hands as her eyes pooled with tears, and profusely apologized for struggling to utter three words that seemed to both pain and comfort her: “Job well done.” Her face purpling, she lifted her head up just enough for her eyes to be visible again, this time with red surrounding the gray irises, she exhaled and apologized once more before explaining more steadily, albeit still excruciatingly reluctant, that this is what she needed to tell herself. That emotionally charged moment came Tuesday when Jenny Martinez, the news director for KRGV Channel 5, spoke candidly about her time as a journalist — a rare instance considering she’s long worked behind the scenes, opting against attending public and social gatherings to remain uninfluenced. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Heartstrings: From South Texas to Juilliard, local violist’s performances move

A hum emanated from somewhere in the distance, and though faint, the sound was enough to reach the trained ears of Alejandro Romero in...

COMMENTARY: Spokesperson who shielded mayoral couple committed tax-funded media obstruction

The scene of an elected official in handcuffs, answering to criminal charges before a judge and confirming long-held suspicions of the presence of an...

For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

BY DON BABWIN| THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — News that a grand jury had indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police...

UTRGV early college high school to open in Harlingen

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the city of Harlingen and Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District signed a memorandum last week announcing the...

Captivating kids: Reading Rock Stars connects students with renowned authors

Children at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary in Edinburg huddled close together Thursday, engaged with and wowed by author and illustrator Steven Weinberg sketching characters...

Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

By JOCELYN GECKER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over...

After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May

LARRY NEUMEISTER and MICHAEL R. SISAK | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was granted a...

Newly elected officials to be sworn-in

At the start of the new year, newly elected leaders serving the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court and judgeships will be sworn-in at ceremonies scheduled...

Developments on officer involved shooting in San Benito

Precinct 5 Constable Eddie Solis said late Friday night that his office called the San Benito Police Department. But Solis has declined to comment further, referring questions to San Benito police and the Texas Rangers.