KQED Radio Staff
Amy Standen is a radio reporter for QUEST, KQED's science and environment show. She was born and raised in San Francisco, but cut her teeth in public radio at New York City's KPFA. Since then, she's been a producer on Pulse of the Planet, editor of Terrain Magazine and an editor at Salon, and a "roving reporter" for KALW's Philosophy Talk. These days, she reports features and news spots for KQED News and QUEST and contributes frequently to NPR.
A recipient of the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, Amy's work has also been recognized by the National Association of Public Radio News Directors and Northern California's Society of Professional Journalists.
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Stories (245 archives)
Even before the White House sounded the alarm on climate change this week, scientists reported that most of California is experiencing an extreme or even "exceptional" state of drought. That's the highest designation offered by the federal government. That means communities up and down the state must be cracking down on water wasters, right? Well, not exactly.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a proclamation that adds six miles of Northern California coastline to the 1,100-mile California Coastal National Monument. Before today, the Monument comprised about 20,000 rocks, islands, and reefs humans could lay eyes on from afar. Tomorrow afternoon, a number of federal officials including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell are expected to show up in Point Arena to celebrate.
For most people, putting cans and bottles into the recycling bin marks the last time they'll ever think about them. But there's a crisis in California's recycling program -- and some people say a simple change involving wine bottles could be the solution.
Thirty miles south of San Francisco, Martins Beach was once a hidden gem, known to just a handful of surfers and folks who rented cottages along the shore. Those days are over. The small beach has become ground zero for a protracted legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep the public out.
People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered -- and that requires watching the human brain in action. We meet one patient who has volunteered to let scientists study his brain by opening it up.