MaryAnn Martinez

MaryAnn Martinez

From crawling through drug tunnels on the U.S.-Mexico border to interviewing a U.S. presidential candidate, MaryAnn Martinez brings a wealth of reporting experience to CBS 11.

Prior to joining CBS 11, MaryAnn spent two years telling stories at KENS-TV in San Antonio. While reporting there, her reporting on public corruption in Crystal City, Texas triggered an FBI investigation. All but one elected official were taken into custody during the FBI raid on city hall. She also covered Pope Francis’ visits to Washington D.C. and to the U.S.-Mexico border. MaryAnn has also previously worked at FOX Los Angeles, Miami’s WFOR, and the FOX affiliate, KVVU, in Las Vegas.

Most people associate Las Vegas with gambling, but for MaryAnn, Las Vegas meant politics. Because Las Vegas is located in a swing state, former President Barack Obama made frequent trips to Nevada. MaryAnn covered all of his visits to Las Vegas during her tenure in southern Nevada. She also had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney while he served as the presidential nominee for the Republican Party.

In 2008, the U.S. Border Patrol called Tucson “ground zero” for human and drug smuggling. MaryAnn worked in Tucson during that time. She profiled the Arizona Minutemen, daily threats faced by border patrol agents, and reported from inside drug tunnels dug by El Chapo’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

MaryAnn’s coverage of the border began in El Paso, Texas. MaryAnn regularly traveled into Juarez, Mexico as a turf war between the Juarez drug cartel and the Sinaloa cartel broke out. MaryAnn is fluent in Spanish. Her extensive coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border earned her an invitation to Mexico City from the Mexican Department of State.

MaryAnn was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She attended Baylor University, where she majored in journalism and wrote for the Baylor Lariat.

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North Texas School Receives Backlash About Video Showcasing Dress Code

“Live fast, die young. Bad girls do it well,” played a song in the video as high school girls in shorts are escorted into a dress code violators room filled with only other girls.


Voters Likely To Get Decide On Term Limits In Arlington

Because of a restraining order against the city, supporters of term limits say Arlington residents will be able to vote on limiting service to six years for an elected official.


Woman Discovers Stolen Painting Of Her Mother Hanging In Dallas Bar

“That is my mother; that is our painting,” recalls Katy Ryan. “Why is it on the wall here at the Bowen House? It’s almost like if I saw a ghost or something.”


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Fort Worth Working To Fix Pension Fund Before Bankruptcy

Fort Worth is facing some tough choices as it tries to keep its promises to city workers while fixing a pension fund that could go bankrupt. Raising taxes is an option.


Electric Bus Service Coming To Fort Worth’s West 7th District

A Tesla-inspired electric bus service called Dash is coming to Fort Worth as early as next year.


Weatherford Man Accused Of Indecency With 9-Year-Old Girl

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Safigan for two separate incidents in the spring of 2017. 


New Mesquite Ordinance On Pets In The Heat Gets Tested

The city says its new ordinance aims to prevent dogs from being left outside in extremely hot weather for hours.


Fort Worth Attack Victim Still Hospitalized, Awaiting Heart Transplant

Three months after a brutal attack on a little girl that left her in the hospital, Fort Worth Police announced the arrest of a suspect.


Small North Texas Town Going Without Water

People who live in Horseshoe Bend in Parker County say this is just the latest water issue in an ordeal that goes back months.


Young Couple Wanted For Robbing People Of Their Shoes

They could be a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, but instead of robbing banks, they’re stealing shoes in Fort Worth.


Billion-Dollar Project Looks To Widen Highways 820, 287 And I-20

If your commute is becoming unbearable, there may be relief down the road if you travel in Tarrant County.

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Granbury Beach Closes For Safety Concerns After 2 Drownings

After two drownings, a popular white sand beach in Granbury is closed until safety measures are put in place.


Command Center Busy With Illegal Fireworks Calls

A hotline in Fort Worth dedicated to taking reports of illegal fireworks is expected to generate as many as 1,500 tips Wednesday night.


Hot, Dry Conditions Lead To Burn Bans, Fireworks Bans

Fireworks have been banned in several counties as fire danger and extreme temperatures continue to rise.


Immigration Policy Protests Planned In North Texas Saturday

Protestors in Dallas will be hearing from Cheryl Allison, a Dallas volunteer who says people need to know what she saw on the border.


Texas AG Slams Fort Worth ISD Over Human Sexuality Curriculum

In a letter from the Texas Attorney General, the state demands Fort Worth ISD give parents access to the curriculum for the human sexuality class.


Boys Who Lost Parents In Domestic Violence Attack Have Special Moment At Rangers Game

The brothers are being raised by their grandparents now and before the ballgame a charity gave the family a check for $50,000.


Free Services Available For Texas Veterans Having Civil Legal Issues

The Fort Worth veteran who was evicted from his home for unpaid taxes might have been able to save his home if he’d only known about help for veterans.


Family Of Woman Murdered, Dumped Say She Was Domestic Violence Victim

In her final days, Kelly Lawson was in the process of getting a protective order against her ex-boyfriend, according to a Fort Worth Police Department report.


Some Immigrants Seeking Asylum Want To Make North Texas Home

All those asylum cases in DFW will be heard at the Earl Cabell Federal Building in Dallas. Immigration experts say this courthouse is one the toughest in the country to be granted asylum.


DFW Faith Leaders On Immigration Crisis: ‘We Have To Solve These Problems Together’

Thursday night, people packed University Christian Church near TCU for a night of prayers for immigrant children who have been separated from their families.


No Framework To Reunite Border Children Separated From Parents

Despite a Presidential executive order, chaos reigns in the process to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigrant policy.


Fort Worth Police Using Social Media To Help Fight Crime & Educate

One North Texas police department is using a different kind of tool to fight crime… a digital approach to law enforcement.


Dallas County Judge Offers To Help Feds Take Care Of Immigrant Children

Clay Jenkins spoke to demonstrators hoping the Trump administration has a change of heart.


White Singer To Perform Selena Tribute At Dallas Concert Venue

Some members of the Hispanic community in North Texas are upset that a Dallas concert venue picked a white singer to perform songs by Tejano legend Selena.


Korean-Americans In DFW Glued To Singapore Summit

Most Korean-Americans want North Korea to get rid of its nuclear program, reunification of the Korean Peninsula and human rights guarantees for North Korea.


Uber Elevate Is Coming To North Texas

The days of calling an aircraft and flying to work are almost here.


Texas Grandmother Fights Back After Teens Storm Into Her Home

A 14-year-old is believed to be one of three suspects who forced their way into a home, terrorizing a grandmother and her husband at gunpoint.


Mansfield ISD Could Spend More Than $2M On School Safety

Mansfield ISD is looking at some traditional and non-traditional methods to keep students safe in the event of a school shooting and more importantly, trying to prevent one all together.


Fort Worth Council Considers Purchasing Barriers To Protect Crowds

Fort Worth could be getting ready to spend money on measures meant to prevent a certain type of terrorist attack.


Changes Coming To Popular Fort Worth Entertainment Area Amid Parking, Crime Problems

Changes are coming to Fort Worth’s popular West 7th Entrainment District after the city says “doing nothing is not an option.”


Denton County Aiming To Attract Teens To Law Enforcement

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office launched its Explorer Program, opening doors to teenagers who could one day be deputies.


Restaurants Suddenly Shut Doors At Toyota Music Factory In Irving

Restaurants suddenly shut their doors and hundreds of employees are out of a job in one of North Texas’ most popular entertainment districts.


Mesquite Teen Set To Graduate Honors Late Mom In Tweets

A Mesquite high school girl’s tweet about graduating without her mom has touched Twitter user and is now viral.


Embattled City Council Member Votes To Censure Himself

McKinney City Councilman La’Shadion Shemwell apologized to the McKinney police officer who pulled him over, saying he doesn’t believe he is a racist, but that institutional racism does exist in policing.


Police Say Oak Lawn Robbery, Assault Victims Were Targeted For Being Gay

The Dallas Police Department released a grainy picture of one of the alleged attackers.


Dallas Police Investigating Deaths Of 2 Transgender Women In 3 Days

One woman’s death was ruled a homicide. No word on the cause of death yet for the body found in White Rock Creek.


Air Force Veteran To Be Buried Wednesday With No Known Family There

Margaret King died several months ago, but the university where she worked held off burying her, hoping they would find her family.


Help Needed Tracking Down Family Of Woman Found Dead At UNT

Margaret King died several months ago, but the university where she worked held off burying her, hoping they would find her family.


McKinney Councilman Arrested For Refusing To Sign Traffic Citation Will Not Resign

In a Facebook Live Thursday night, La’Shadion Shemwell again claimed his arrest was racially motivated.