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 (172 archives)
In 1510, Spanish writer Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo set imaginations afire with a book that told of the island of California. Many subsequent maps were made depicting this island. We talk with Glen McLaughlin, who collected about 800 maps from the 17th century that feature this curious coda in history.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been talking to major media outlets, promoting her book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." It's a hot topic for debate. After decades of presumably equal access to all fields of professional endeavor, why aren't women leading? For instance, nobody bats an eyelash at the thought of female lawyers or judges. But at just about every courthouse in the U.S., most of the judges are men. That makes it all the more notable that in the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, all the judges are women.
There's a primary election on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Voters face a laundry list of candidates for mayor, but the headline grabber is the big outside money: millions of dollars are pouring into the school board races. It's not that the contenders for mayor aren't serious candidates. But none of them have managed to light up the city's political floorboards. We get the lay of the land from Frank Stoltze, who covers politics for KPCC in Los Angeles.
There's a daisy chain of people and firms involved in any real estate deal, and each link provides an opportunity for someone to lie for profit. It's called mortgage fraud, and while you might be inclined to pin the big blame on big banks, plenty of individuals are scamming the system, too.
Unless Congress acts by March 1, a series of automatic cuts will kick in across the country. In an effort to remind Congressional Republicans - and the rest of us - that the focus of so much political chatter is right around the bend, the White House has released details of how the "sequester" will play out in each state. California will lose roughly $88 million in K-12 funding, approximately $2.5 million to help the state respond to public health threats, $54 million for military bases, and about 64,000 civilian Defense Department employees would be furloughed.