KQED Radio Staff
Silicon Valley Correspondent
From KQED's Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow's mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy, and blogs for Bay Area Bites. Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.
Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI's The World.
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 (250 archives)
This week, the premier national college ranking came out from U.S. News & World Report. Ivy League schools top the list, with Stanford and Caltech following. UC Berkeley comes in 20th. You might think that's in large part because public schools are at a financial disadvantage competing against private colleges and universities -- but that's not necessarily so.
Many of us dream of starting a revolution. Few of us make it happen. One of the most dramatic stories of the last year belongs to a loose collection of activists, working to reform assisted living in California. Together with journalists and lawmakers, these activists launched 17 bills in Sacramento, 12 of which passed and two of which became law, so far.
Farmers markets have never been more popular in California. But what regulation exists is spotty, and happens mostly at the local level. Those who've looked into it report plenty of fraud going on regarding whether produce marked "organic" actually is. A bill that would strengthen regulators' hands now sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. We discuss the details with one of the state's foremost fruit experts, David Karp.
With no deaths reported, Sunday morning's 6.0 earthquake centered near Napa could have been worse. Still, around 200 people were taken to hospitals, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure led Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.
While many run from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, some brave souls are running toward the region to help. Dr. James Appel is one of those. Trained in the Inland Empire at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he's been working for Adventist Health International at hospitals in Chad for the last decade. Last week, Dr. Appel flew to Liberia to keep the doors open at Cooper Adventist, a small hospital in the capitol, Monrovia.