Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter. Prior to moving to Nashville, Sergio covered education for the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. He is a Puerto Rico native and his work has also appeared on NPR station WKAR, San Antonio Express-News, Inter News Service, GFR Media and WMIZ 1270 AM.   

In his free time (once in a blue moon), Sergio can be found playing volleyball or in Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the coolest uncle (feel free to fact-check) to Olivia and Jimena. 

Rachel Iacovone / WPLN News

Rep. Eddie Mannis, R-Knoxville, has warned his House colleagues that a ban on transgender athletes could have a tremendous impact on LGBT kids.

Linda Stanley / WPLN

Dolly Parton doesn’t want a statue of herself on the grounds of the Tennessee Capitol.

Rachel Iacovone / WPLN News

The winter storm affecting middle Tennessee has shut down legislative business in the state — a first in five years.


GOP leaders in the the Tennessee Senate say they want to be cautious when considering an anti-transgender bill making its way through the state’s general assembly.

Emily Siner / WPLN

It’s no secret that the Tennessee legislature tends to disagree over who gets at statue in the state capitol — an example is Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

But, if it’s Dolly Parton, then the story is different.

Gov. Bill Lee wants the state to spend about $200 million in what he hopes would bring broadband to every community across the state.

A Republican lawmaker wants the legislature to cast a vote of “no confidence” on Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

Paris Rep. Bruce Griffey, who is partly known for sponsoring unsuccessful anti-immigration measures, is the sponsor of the resolution (HR3).

Blake Farmer / WPLN News

Before the pandemic started, it was clear that Tennesseans were divided politically.


State Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, announced on Facebook he might go on a ventilator if his oxygen levels do not improve.

TN Photo Services

Two top leaders of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services who resigned last month were accused of misconduct, records obtained Monday by WPLN News show.