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 (214 archives)
The Center for Investigative Reporting has found, in the years since 9/11, the Department of Veterans Affairs made wrongful death payments to nearly 1,000 grieving families, including 59 in California. Reporter Aaron Glantz joins us to talk about a couple of those cases.
Silicon Valley is flexing its political muscle in Washington, D.C. the same way every other industry does: by spending big money. Tech firms have been lobbying the federal government for half a century now, but the kinds of companies that top the list have changed as the industry has over the years.
Despite promises there would be no more tuition hikes for University of California students for awhile, that's exactly what the UC Board of Regents is discussing this week as they meet in San Francisco. UC President Janet Napolitano said the tuition freeze will remain in effect for the 2014-15 academic year.
California is a ready ATM for national politicians on both sides of the aisle. On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte touches down in the Bay Area for yet another private fundraiser put on by TechNet, a bipartisan network of tech executives. But some TechNet execs say they're tired of writing checks for Republicans who don't intend to return the love by moving on immigration reform. We talk with independent immigration consultant Aarti Kohli.
Every now and then you hear about a California city trying to rebrand itself. Some cities worry the rest of the world has the wrong idea. South Central L.A., you'll recall, is no longer South Central but South L.A. -- a move intended to redirect the public conversation away from crime and poverty. Now the city of Santa Clara is responding to a push from local alumni from Harvard's Business School. Don't think "Mission City" anymore.