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 (214 archives)
On Thursday, the latest enrollment figures for Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act, are expected to be released. March 31 is the big deadline for people who want to sign up. Lisa Aliferis, who edits the State of Health blog for the California Report, joins us to talk about it.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen promoted her bill by getting on an e-skateboard across the street from the Capitol as news cameras rolled. The bill would allow the skateboards in the same areas as bikes. She was wobbly, but the skateboard comes off well. It's electrically powered, and that may overcome concerns about noise that led to a ban on motorized skateboards back in the '70s.
While most of us were watching the Oscars last night, the focus of a political corruption scandal in Sacramento dropped a big announcement. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Calderon on a couple dozen charges, including bribery, fraud, and money laundering. He's accused of using his position to assist a health insurance scheme. Scott Glover of the L.A. Times joins us to discuss the health care insurance fraud.
This Thursday, Yosemite National Park kicks off its first-ever film festival to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant, the document that set aside Yosemite Valley. We talk with festival director Steven Bumgardner, who says there are more than enough films about the park to fill a five-day marathon that runs through the weekend.
It started with a good idea from a single reporter at the Los Angeles Times: launch a blog detailing every homicide in L.A. County. When it launched in 2007, The Homicide Report was a big hit, especially with the victims' families. Over 5,000 reported homicides later, the Times has put a new full-time reporter on it and freshened the design. Assistant Managing Editor Megan Garvey joins us.