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Project Editor, The California Report
Tyche Hendricks is the editor of Governing California, a project of The California Report, where she’s responsible for on air and on-line coverage of state governance.
Hendricks spent more than a dozen years at newspapers, most of them at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered immigration, demographics and immigrant communities. She has also reported on local government, transportation, urban planning, cops and courts and schools. She has worked at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News and the Seattle Times.
Hendricks reported extensively on the U.S.-Mexico border and her book, "The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," was published by the University of California Press in June 2010. She teaches at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Hendricks started her journalism career in radio, filing stories for Marketplace, Pacifica Network News and The California Report. Her work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She was a Knight Digital Media Fellow in 2010.
She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Latin American Studies and an MJ in Journalism, both from UC Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French.
Stories (193 archives)
In the wake of Nelson Mandela's death, those who were involved in the fight to free him from prison and to divest from companies doing business in South Africa under apartheid are remembering that struggle. In 1979, Berkeley became the first city in the U.S. to pass divestment legislation. In 1984, San Francisco longshoremen famously refused to unload South African cargo. In 1986 -- after years of protests against the South African government -- then Govorner George Deukmejian signed a bill that enabled California's enormous pension funds to divest.
It's the time of year when many of us eat, and eat, and eat -- and then sit around. But in Marin County, the Spirit Rock Meditation Center teaches what is known as "mindful eating." As the perfect storm of calories approaches, we share a story urging us to slow down, and put down our knife and fork.
The economy's recovery from the Great Recession has left many people behind. Hunger is still pervasive across California. The Regional Food Bank in Los Angeles distributes, on average, over one million pounds of food a week. We spoke with the President and CEO, Michael Flood, about how the need has grown in recent years.
Voters in San Diego had 11 mayoral candidates to choose from Tuesday when they picked a replacement to succeed Bob Filner in a special election. It's looking - unofficially - like two City Council members are headed for a runoff. Mark Sauer, senior news editor for KPBS in San Diego, joins us to dissect the results.
On November 5, Sunnyvale voters approved a package of gun control laws known as Measure C. The city joined a growing list of cities attempting to assert local control over gun use, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Once Sunnyvale certifies its election results, the NRA plans to file a suit against the city in federal court.