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 (192 archives)
Most Californians have a rough idea there are hundreds of thousands of Mexicans picking our crops during harvest season, but the details of their lives are a little hazy unless we live in farm country. The details are what make the book "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies" a provocative read. To study the human cost of the way we farm today, UC Berkeley anthropologist Seth Holmes strapped on a backpack and traveled with Triqui Indians between their home towns in Oaxaca and the farms of the Western U.S.
Millions of children across California go back to school this week and next. Oakland Unified helped produce a YouTube video in which students bust a move to Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" to promote good attendance.
Tuesday, Oakland's City Council considers moving forward with a project to link surveillance cameras, license-plate readers and other data into a unified "situational awareness" tool for local and regional law enforcement. The Port of Oakland is already doing it. But does the proposal constitute a crime-fighting solution, or is it a classic example of mission creep? Ali Winston has been following the story for the Center for Investigative Reporting.
A group of inmate actors at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco have spent eight weeks preparing for a performance under the tutelage of the Actor's Gang. Two years ago, California cut all state funding for Arts in Correctional facilities. That's a shame, according to the director of the Actor's Gang Tim Robbins.
This week, a bill that would ban disposable plastic bags statewide goes to the state Senate floor for a vote. With 54 local ordinances already banning bags in 75 cities and counties, why do we need a statewide ban? We talk with the measure's author, Senator Alex Padilla of Los Angeles County.