Our community has been living with COVID-19 for a year and while we've learned a lot in that time, there's still a lot we don't know...and may never know. On our first episode of Listen in, Lubbock, we talk with Texas Tech Public Media senior reporter, Sarah Self-Walbrick, and Latino Lubbock's Christy Martinez Garcia, about what the lack of data means for the Lubbock community. 

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Lubbock is reviewing its city charter, an important document that has not changed much since it was adopted over a century ago. A committee has been tasked with modernizing the charter and making other suggestions. 



The first chance for citizens to have a say in this process was Tuesday night.

It was a room full of passionate people who were all on the same page, including many East Lubbock residents who said they felt left out of this process so far.


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The City of Lubbock’s Charter Review Committee will host the first of at least two public hearings at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Citizens Tower. This is one chance for citizens to have a say in updating the city’s guiding document - which hasn’t seen many changes in the over 100 years since it was adopted.


Senior Reporter Sarah Self-Walbrick has followed discussions about charter reform since they started last year. Here’s what you need to know as the process gets going: 


A year in, pandemic picture unclear due to holes in data

Mar 18, 2021
Data from the City of Lubbock

When the coronavirus reached Lubbock in the middle of March last year, the city’s public health director Katherine Wells and her team started a spreadsheet. 


“A spreadsheet that was literally, like, a basic line listing,” she recalled. “Name, age, date of birth.”



Contact tracers added notes in one box. Had the person traveled? How long were they instructed to quarantine? 

“That spreadsheet just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” Wells said.


Kaysie Ellingson

Just like many things amidst the COVID pandemic, Lubbock’s State of the City address looked a little different than in years past. Mayor Dan Pope conducted a series of remote interviews with different members of the community discussing topics ranging from transportation, to education, to the economy and more.

The address focused on how the different members of the Lubbock community adjusted and persevered through the traumatic year of 2020 and looked ahead at what is to come in 2021.