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Amy Standen

Amy Standen

QUEST Reporter

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.

Email Amy: astanden@kqed.org

Call Amy: (415) 553-2105

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The California Report | Sep 6, 2013 8:50 AM
How Do Investigators Pinpoint a Fire's Origin?

Investigators say the massive Rim Fire began when a hunter let an illegal fire get out of control. And they've found the precise spot where it happened. So how exactly do they do that?

The California Report | May 8, 2013 8:50 AM
Toxins Law May Get Overhaul

A law intended to protect Californians from toxic chemicals may be getting an overhaul. Proposition 65 requires business owners to post warning signs anywhere consumers could be exposed to chemicals -- from lead to car exhaust. State regulators hoping to reform the law say the law has created a cottage industry for unscrupulous lawyers.

The California Report | Apr 10, 2013 8:50 AM
Strawberry Growers Struggle to Replace Methyl Bromide

After scientific research at UC Irvine tied certain chemicals to the loss of ozone in the earth's atmosphere, nearly 200 nations pledged to phase out their use with the signing of the Montreal Protocol. But in California, where the state's $2.3 billion strawberry industry has come to rely on the chemical methyl bromide, a new report by the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests strawberry growers will be using it for years to come.

The California Report | Nov 21, 2012 8:50 AM
Ambitious Nuclear Fusion Project Hasn't Delivered Yet

It's been called a modern-day moonshot, "revolutionary science" and "the mother of all boondoggles." It's the National Ignition Facility in Livermore. NIF is a $5 billion taxpayer-funded super laser project whose goal is to create nuclear fusion inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened.

The California Report | Sep 27, 2012 8:50 AM
Perceptions of Science at Heart of Prop. 37 Battle

Proposition 37 could make California the first state in the country to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients. It's shaping up to be one of the most contentious and expensive battles on the state's November ballot. The ballot measure raises a host of issues -- but at the heart of it there are questions about science, and how it's perceived.

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