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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)
On Wednesday night the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closes. It will reopen next week with a new eastern span that took a quarter century and more than $6 billion to build. This all started with the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, when a section collapsed, revealing the long overdue need for a seismic upgrade. We talk to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken to learn more.
Most Californians have a rough idea there are hundreds of thousands of Mexicans picking our crops during harvest season, but the details of their lives are a little hazy unless we live in farm country. The details are what make the book "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies" a provocative read. To study the human cost of the way we farm today, UC Berkeley anthropologist Seth Holmes strapped on a backpack and traveled with Triqui Indians between their home towns in Oaxaca and the farms of the Western U.S.
Millions of children across California go back to school this week and next. Oakland Unified helped produce a YouTube video in which students bust a move to Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" to promote good attendance.
Tuesday, Oakland's City Council considers moving forward with a project to link surveillance cameras, license-plate readers and other data into a unified "situational awareness" tool for local and regional law enforcement. The Port of Oakland is already doing it. But does the proposal constitute a crime-fighting solution, or is it a classic example of mission creep? Ali Winston has been following the story for the Center for Investigative Reporting.
A group of inmate actors at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco have spent eight weeks preparing for a performance under the tutelage of the Actor's Gang. Two years ago, California cut all state funding for Arts in Correctional facilities. That's a shame, according to the director of the Actor's Gang Tim Robbins.