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 (207 archives)
No one knows exactly how much money it would take to avoid letting the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) slide into insolvency over the next 30 years. Some say $73 billion, others say $80 billion. Wednesday, state lawmakers pledged to do something this legislative session, even though this problem is not addressed in the governor's budget.
The board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine meets in Berkeley Wednesday. It's expected to vote to spend as much as $40 million on genomic research, the study of genes and their relationships. Scientists from across California and beyond have been vying for this major investment -- but a consortium from Stanford is considered the favorite. We talk with David Jensen, who writes the California Stem Cell Report.
On the UC Regents' agenda this week was a progress report on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The project, to be built in Hawaii, will be a partnership between UC and Caltech, as well as Canada, China, India and Japan. But as the University of California is committing to the TMT, it's divesting from a much smaller operation closer to home.
The latest boom in Silicon Valley has brought with it massive traffic jams, stratospheric housing costs and resentful blowback. Some now use the word "techie" as a pejorative in the San Francisco Bay Area, referring to someone presumably young, male, affluent and out-of-touch with his community. Like any stereotype, there are those who fit the bill, and a lot of people who don't.
If you're a fan of your local farmers market, you want to believe every farmer is on the up and up. Three years ago, investigative reporters discovered blatant cheating in Southern California. That led to a bill that would have boosted farmers market enforcement that failed in the legislature last year. David Karp of the LA Times joins us, and explains that local regulators in LA and San Diego aren't waiting around for the state to take action.