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)
Federal lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on several competing immigration reform bills -- some of which may debut next week. One way or another, they're all expected to include some kind of path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people already in the country illegally.
In 1510, Spanish writer Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo set imaginations afire with a book that told of the island of California. Many subsequent maps were made depicting this island. We talk with Glen McLaughlin, who collected about 800 maps from the 17th century that feature this curious coda in history.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been talking to major media outlets, promoting her book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." It's a hot topic for debate. After decades of presumably equal access to all fields of professional endeavor, why aren't women leading? For instance, nobody bats an eyelash at the thought of female lawyers or judges. But at just about every courthouse in the U.S., most of the judges are men. That makes it all the more notable that in the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, all the judges are women.
There's a primary election on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Voters face a laundry list of candidates for mayor, but the headline grabber is the big outside money: millions of dollars are pouring into the school board races. It's not that the contenders for mayor aren't serious candidates. But none of them have managed to light up the city's political floorboards. We get the lay of the land from Frank Stoltze, who covers politics for KPCC in Los Angeles.
There's a daisy chain of people and firms involved in any real estate deal, and each link provides an opportunity for someone to lie for profit. It's called mortgage fraud, and while you might be inclined to pin the big blame on big banks, plenty of individuals are scamming the system, too.