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Tyche Hendricks

Tyche Hendricks
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 (254 archives)


The California Report | Jul 8, 2015 8:50 AM
National Backlash Against Sanctuary Cities Might Not Spark Policy Change

Francisco Sanchez is pleading "not guilty" to murder at his arraignment in San Francisco yesterday. He's accused of shooting 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a waterfront tourist spot in San Francisco. According to a source close to the investigation, the gun Sanchez used belonged to a federal agent. The incident has put sanctuary cities in the spotlight. Senator Dianne Feinstein called on San Francisco's mayor to start cooperating with federal immigration officials. But in California, it's not clear what, if any, policy changes will result from this shooting.

The California Report | Jun 18, 2015 8:50 AM
Who Wants to Design a Hyperloop for Elon Musk?

It's been two years since Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame unveiled his concept for Hyperloop, a high-speed vacuum tube to quickly move passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It turns out he's hoping somebody else will come up with the blueprints for the vehicle, though a competition.

The California Report | May 29, 2015 4:30 PM
For First-Generation Students, Graduating From College Takes Grit and Grown-Up Support

This time of year, we're posting selfies with happy college graduates and forwarding inspirational commencement speeches. And why not? Graduation is a righteous achievement. But it's a lot harder for some than others, like low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college. From KQED's Silicon Valley desk, Rachael Myrow profiles one young woman and the non-profit on the San Francisco Peninsula trying to help her even the odds.

The California Report | Apr 17, 2015 8:50 AM
Backed by Silicon Valley Cash, Bitcoin Begins to Mature

Bitcoin has been around for six years, but most of us are still unclear on what it is, let alone why it matters. The digital currency has a number of die-hard fans, including libertarians who want a form of money free of government control, and illegal drug traders who want a form of money the government can't trace. But that Wild West world is giving way as big investors become interested.

The California Report | Feb 20, 2015 4:30 PM
Working Class Struggles in Silicon Valley

When we think of Silicon Valley, a lot of us think of hard working people living high on the corporate hog: high-end restaurants on campus, on-site gyms, concierge services, et cetera. But this fabulous work world full of people dreaming up new ways of doing business sits on a base of people doing business the old-fashioned way. Rachael Myrow finds that many of those service workers are struggling to survive.

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