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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 (215 archives)
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.
Covered California used to provide information about which doctors took which plans -- but that's no longer on-offer after a few embarrassing media reports about the lists not being accurate. We talk with Lisa Aliferis, editor of our State of Health blog.
The House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Wednesday put forward by Republicans who say they've got the cure for what ails water-starved California farmers. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act would favor farms over fish and environmental concerns.
No one knows exactly how much money it would take to avoid letting the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) slide into insolvency over the next 30 years. Some say $73 billion, others say $80 billion. Wednesday, state lawmakers pledged to do something this legislative session, even though this problem is not addressed in the governor's budget.
The board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine meets in Berkeley Wednesday. It's expected to vote to spend as much as $40 million on genomic research, the study of genes and their relationships. Scientists from across California and beyond have been vying for this major investment -- but a consortium from Stanford is considered the favorite. We talk with David Jensen, who writes the California Stem Cell Report.