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 (231 archives)
In the heavily Democratic 33rd District in Southern California, progressive stalwart Henry Waxman is retiring after 40 years. In a surprise upset, a Republican landed the most votes: Elan Carr. In the 11th District, rival Democrats kindly stepped aside for state senator Mark DeSaulniers' bid to replace outgoing Representative George Miller in the East Bay. In the 17th District, hugging Silicon Valley, Congressman Mike Honda won 48 percent of the vote, but he faces a tough run in November against another Democrat, Ro Khanna.
Tuesday's June primary comes in a year without anybody running for president, and changes in California law have shifted most dramatic propositions to the November ballot. Voter turnout is expected to be low. But if primary elections aren't that interesting to voters, there's no question they're interesting to monied interests. In May alone, $20 million was spent to influence California's June primary. We examine the growing impact of independent expenditure committees with John Myers, KQED's senior politics editor.
On a day set aside to remember the sacrifice of veterans, California is mourning the loss of six young people killed in Santa Barbara County on Friday night. All six killed were UCSB students.
California dominated this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the food world, announced Monday night in New York. The award for outstanding chef of the year was given to bread and pizza maven Nancy Silverton, of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles.
This Friday is the deadline for policy committees in Sacramento to act on bills with a fiscal impact. As usual, there are a lot of bills. As usual, those with a fiscal interest in what passes -- and what doesn't -- are opening their checkbooks to influence the legislative process. Laurel Rosenhall of the Sacramento Bee joins us to discuss the process by which big money interests influence one of the biggest demographics in the Legislature: moderate Democrats.