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Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer
Science and Environment Reporter

Lauren covers environment and science as a reporter with QUEST - KQED's multiplatform science and environmental series. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, she cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer's. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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The California Report | Aug 19, 2013 8:50 AM
Tahoe Restoration Summit Draws Political Luminaries

Political celebrities are gathering for the 17th annual Lake Tahoe Summit. Former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Jerry Brown join others for the meeting on Monday. The Summit's focus is reviewing restoration efforts in the region. The first Lake Tahoe Summit of 1997 led to a long-range plan that has collected $1.7 billion of federal, state and local money to protect the lake.

The California Report | Jul 19, 2013 4:30 PM
As World's Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

Sometime in the next few weeks, the largest solar power plant of its kind -- anywhere -- will open in California's Mojave Desert. Electricity from the Ivanpah solar project will find its way to people throughout the state, moving us closer to California's ambitious renewable energy goal. But the project was no slam-dunk. It was slowed down by controversy over an elusive herbivore. And as KQED science reporter Lauren Sommer explains, if this renewable energy revolution is to really happen, conservationists and solar companies need to agree on a way forward.

The California Report | Jun 14, 2013 8:50 AM
Biotech Industry Not Sweating Supreme Court Ruling

California's multi-billion-dollar biotech industry is taking in Thursday's landmark Supreme Court ruling on human genes. In short, naturally occurring genes are not patentable. It's a major shift for biotech companies -- but it's one they're prepared for.

The California Report | May 31, 2013 4:30 PM
Residential Solar's Success Cuts Into Utilities' Budgets

California is home to more than half of all rooftop solar projects in the United States. But as more and more Californians generate their own power, the state's big utilities are getting worried.

The California Report | May 30, 2013 8:50 AM
Who Benefits From California's Water Plan?

California Governor Jerry Brown's administration has put a price tag on its major new water plan: $24 billion for a pair of tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Officials say Californians would be buying a more reliable water supply, but there are questions about who benefits the most.

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