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 (238 archives)
While the state legislature is taking a summer break, some Democratic lawmakers are in Central America on a 10 day visit to El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. They planned the trip months ago, but now their timing couldn't seem more relevant as the national conversation about illegal immigration has taken on new urgency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leading the trip, and he talked with us from El Salvador.
Riverside will turn off its red light cameras in September, ending an eight-year program with Redflex Traffic Systems that lost money most of those years. As it happens, nearly 60 cities in California have dropped their red light camera programs - for a variety of reasons. But roughly 50 cities continue to use the cameras. Alicia Robinson of the Riverside Press Enterprise joins us now to catch us up.
In recent weeks, Los Angeles County supervisors have been wrestling with how to make sure their new Sheriff's Department watchdog gets the access he needs to provide effective oversight. The agency's top brass has been accused of allowing -- and even fostering -- a culture of violence among deputies in the County's main jail. We talk with Frank Stoltze, who covers crime and politics for KPCC in Los Angeles.
You can look up the price of pretty much everything online: cars, hotels, summer camps, but not health care. So, KQED and KPCC in Los Angeles decided to join forces with ClearHealthCosts.com, a health cost transparency advocate, to collect pricing data from California consumers. The results so far have been illuminating. We discuss the results with Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog.
If you grew up in San Jose, or even nearby, you've probably eaten a slice of burnt almond cake at a birthday or a graduation party. It's not that people don't eat this fluffy delight elsewhere, but in San Jose it's a local specialty.