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 (173 archives)
Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the state parks are under new management, but the financial crisis has not passed. Those park lovers are now wondering how long they're going to carry the extra load.
This week, the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting published a compelling breakdown of one of the ways money makes the world go round in Sacramento. Computer analysis of more than 38,000 donations from last year's legislative campaign suggests a strong correlation between financial donations made by state lawmakers to political races identified by the Assembly speaker, and choice assignments to the so-called "juice" policy committees.
Cyclists from 16 of the world's top pro cycling teams crested Palomar Mountain in San Diego County on Sunday, in Stage One of the Amgen Tour of California. This is the first year the race is going from south to north in California. From San Diego the cyclists head to Murrieta. The eight-day race ends on May 19th in Santa Rosa.
On Wednesday, Caltrans is expected to announce its plans on how to deal with some potentially flawed steel components installed in the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Many Californians are asking whether the $6.4 billion bridge will be safe. We spoke with State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, chairman of the Senate's transportation committee.
High temperatures, low humidity, dry terrain and gusty winds look set to strain California's fire resources across the state. In a time when local governments are cutting back on firefighting manpower, it's worth asking whether we're ready for the summer.