KQED Radio Staff
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 (195 archives)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has served four terms in office, and he's running for a fifth atop the largest jail system in the nation. Four men are running against him, but Baca is still the favorite to win. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors indicted 18 deputies -- and the U.S. attorney's office is only the latest in a string of parties railing against what they call "a culture of violence" inside L.A. County jails. A federal jury recently found Sheriff Baca personally liable for one incident. So why does Baca seem to have a teflon coating? We talk with Frank Stoltze, who covers crime and politics for KPCC in Los Angeles.
A recent investigative series by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN uncovered rampant over-billing in California's publicly funded drug rehab system. Basically, Medi-Cal recipients are bribed with cigarettes and pocket money to attend counseling sessions they don't need -- and the government gets the bill. The reports prompted dozens of Justice Department investigations, and a state crackdown that cut funding to the better part of 200 Medi-Cal clinics. But it's a game of whack-a-mole, as reporter Will Evans explains.
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.