KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Rachael caught the bug for journalism in high school, where she started on the opinion page before realizing the world is infinitely more interesting when you don't think you know everything.
While getting her bachelor's degree in English at UC Berkeley, Rachael got hooked on public radio at the campus station, KALX-FM. After hosting and co-producing "Film Close-Ups," a radio magazine on Bay Area film, she returned to UC Berkeley for a graduate degree in journalism.
She landed her first job as a producer with Marketplace Radio in Los Angeles, and by the time she left, four years later, Rachael was an all-purpose editor, reporter and fill-in host. Rachael then spent six years reporting full-time for KPCC-FM in Los Angeles before returning to the Bay Area in 2007 to host the daily edition of KQED's California Report. Over the years, she's covered the explosive growth of trade through Southern California's ports, Irish snowballs in San Francisco, and the housing crisis across the state.
Rachael's work has won her awards from the LA Press Club, the Radio and Television News Association, the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada, the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Southern California, the Northern California RTNDA, SPJ Northern California Chapter, the San Francisco Peninsula Club Greater Bay Area and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
Stories (242 archives)
At this point in the digital revolution, children as young as one are salivating for their own phone, if they haven't appropriated yours. But the conversation really amps up around middle school, with smartphones, iPods and social media. We explore the social media landscape middle schoolers find all around themselves, 24/7, and how parents might think about helping them navigate it.
Our host of seven years says goodbye to the show. Rachael Myrow is moving on to KQED's Silicon Valley News Desk.
This week, the premier national college ranking came out from U.S. News & World Report. Ivy League schools top the list, with Stanford and Caltech following. UC Berkeley comes in 20th. You might think that's in large part because public schools are at a financial disadvantage competing against private colleges and universities -- but that's not necessarily so.
Many of us dream of starting a revolution. Few of us make it happen. One of the most dramatic stories of the last year belongs to a loose collection of activists, working to reform assisted living in California. Together with journalists and lawmakers, these activists launched 17 bills in Sacramento, 12 of which passed and two of which became law, so far.
Farmers markets have never been more popular in California. But what regulation exists is spotty, and happens mostly at the local level. Those who've looked into it report plenty of fraud going on regarding whether produce marked "organic" actually is. A bill that would strengthen regulators' hands now sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. We discuss the details with one of the state's foremost fruit experts, David Karp.