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 (172 archives)
In recent weeks, a number of local papers in California set up pay walls online. News outlets like the Orange County Register, the Riverside Press Enterprise and the Eureka Times Standard joined regional giants like the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee. But are pay walls the way to go? And what's the right way to go about it? We talk with Alan Mutter, lecturer at UC Berkeley's Journalism School and blogger at Reflections of a Newsosaur.
Did you know the U.S. Department of Defense can decide your invention is a national security threat and slap your patent application with a secrecy order that prevents you from doing anything with it? We discuss the story with G.W. Schulz, author of a piece out today from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Governor Brown continues his travels in China, taking a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai, talking trade, and setting a brisk pace. John Myers of Sacramento's News10 is traveling with the governor, and reports Brown is impressed by the "mach speed" of China, which he hopes to emulate back in California.
Off-highway vehicle parks -- run by a separate division within the state's Department of Parks and Recreation -- are a different breed from the rest. At Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area, motorcyclists from across the western U.S. tear up and down the hills. But the park has become a focal point of a struggle between off-roaders and other Californians with different ideas of what a park should be.
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.