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 (193 archives)
There's still a year to go before the next general election for California's 17th congressional district, but it's arguably one of the hottest races to watch in the state, if not the country. That's because a former Obama administration official has amassed a war chest of nearly $3 million to go after a member of his own party: Congressman Mike Honda.
The USDA recently linked three Central California chicken processing plants to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 350 people across the country this year. The plants continue to operate, and Foster Farms says cook your chicken thoroughly. Katharine Mieszkowski of the Center for Investigative Reporting has been exploring the raw chicken supply chain in the wake of the outbreak and joins us.
For decades, the phrase "California wine" meant Napa and Sonoma, but that horse has left the barn. Wine grapes are now grown all over the state, though you could be forgiven for complaining it's hard to find much diversity of taste. But it's out there. Jon Bonné, wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle surveys the scene in his new book, "New California Wine."
Most Californians realize the name "Silicon Valley" is as much an umbrella term as it is a description of a geographic place, not unlike "Hollywood" or "Wall Street." But ask somebody inside or outside the Santa Clara Valley about the history of the place before Big Tech, and you're likely to draw a blank. There were orchards. It's the home of Stanford University. And that's about it. We talk with historian Mary Wadden about her book "Silicon Valley: The History in Pictures."
According to the last Census, there are nearly one and a half million Filipino-Americans living in California, mostly on the coast. But there was a time -- in the early 20th century when Filipinos came to work the fruit and produce fields of the Central Valley. Back then, downtown Stockton was home to a bustling "Little Manila." San Francisco State Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon wrote about it in her book "Little Manila is in the Heart."