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Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer
Science and Environment Reporter

Lauren is a radio reporter for KQED Science, specializing in water, energy and the environment. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. She has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Edward R. Murrow Awards and is a recipient of the Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. Lauren has a degree from Cornell University and is originally from the Bay Area. She is also a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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The California Report | Jul 2, 2015 8:50 AM
Electricity Prices Going Up? Consumers and Solar Companies Say No

Electric bills for millions of Californians could be going up, depending on what state regulators decide tomorrow. They?re voting on a major overhaul of electricity prices. But consumer groups and solar companies are pushing back.

The California Report | Jun 22, 2015 8:50 AM
Toxic Algae Bloom Threatens Fishing Along West Coast

A toxic algae bloom in the waters off the West Coast could be one of the biggest ever. It's restricting commercial and recreational fishing from Washington state to California.

The California Report | May 13, 2015 8:50 AM
Dredging of Waterways Puts Dwindling Delta Smelt Population at Risk of Extinction

The Delta smelt has been on the endangered species list for decades, and it's long been at the center of California's water wars. It lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where the state gets most of its water. Now, the smelt is close to extinction. And that's bringing attention to anything that could it, including something rarely discussed: the dredging of Delta waterways for big cargo ships.

The California Report | Dec 12, 2014 4:30 PM
How California's Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

This week's torrential storms have made a dent in the state's water deficit, but as much as we'd like to think otherwise, we're still a long way from ending this nasty drought. Over the last year, the scarcity of precipitation has divided the state into two camps -- those who got all their usual water supply, and those who got none. It's all tied to California's invisible system of water rights, a system some say is unfair.

The California Report | Nov 6, 2014 8:50 AM
Fracking Bans Pass in 2 Counties, But Not Santa Barbara

Residents in San Benito and Mendocino counties have voted to ban hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," the controversial oil production technique. Opponents of fracking hope these types of bans spread to other counties. But in Santa Barbara County where oil is well-established, the energy industry stepped in to defeat a ban.

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