KQED Radio Staff
Silicon Valley Correspondent
From KQED's Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow's mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy, and blogs for Bay Area Bites. Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.
Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI's The World.
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 (254 archives)
Francisco Sanchez is pleading "not guilty" to murder at his arraignment in San Francisco yesterday. He's accused of shooting 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a waterfront tourist spot in San Francisco. According to a source close to the investigation, the gun Sanchez used belonged to a federal agent. The incident has put sanctuary cities in the spotlight. Senator Dianne Feinstein called on San Francisco's mayor to start cooperating with federal immigration officials. But in California, it's not clear what, if any, policy changes will result from this shooting.
It's been two years since Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame unveiled his concept for Hyperloop, a high-speed vacuum tube to quickly move passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It turns out he's hoping somebody else will come up with the blueprints for the vehicle, though a competition.
This time of year, we're posting selfies with happy college graduates and forwarding inspirational commencement speeches. And why not? Graduation is a righteous achievement. But it's a lot harder for some than others, like low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college. From KQED's Silicon Valley desk, Rachael Myrow profiles one young woman and the non-profit on the San Francisco Peninsula trying to help her even the odds.
Bitcoin has been around for six years, but most of us are still unclear on what it is, let alone why it matters. The digital currency has a number of die-hard fans, including libertarians who want a form of money free of government control, and illegal drug traders who want a form of money the government can't trace. But that Wild West world is giving way as big investors become interested.
When we think of Silicon Valley, a lot of us think of hard working people living high on the corporate hog: high-end restaurants on campus, on-site gyms, concierge services, et cetera. But this fabulous work world full of people dreaming up new ways of doing business sits on a base of people doing business the old-fashioned way. Rachael Myrow finds that many of those service workers are struggling to survive.