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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 (250 archives)
This week, the premier national college ranking came out from U.S. News & World Report. Ivy League schools top the list, with Stanford and Caltech following. UC Berkeley comes in 20th. You might think that's in large part because public schools are at a financial disadvantage competing against private colleges and universities -- but that's not necessarily so.
Many of us dream of starting a revolution. Few of us make it happen. One of the most dramatic stories of the last year belongs to a loose collection of activists, working to reform assisted living in California. Together with journalists and lawmakers, these activists launched 17 bills in Sacramento, 12 of which passed and two of which became law, so far.
Farmers markets have never been more popular in California. But what regulation exists is spotty, and happens mostly at the local level. Those who've looked into it report plenty of fraud going on regarding whether produce marked "organic" actually is. A bill that would strengthen regulators' hands now sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. We discuss the details with one of the state's foremost fruit experts, David Karp.
With no deaths reported, Sunday morning's 6.0 earthquake centered near Napa could have been worse. Still, around 200 people were taken to hospitals, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure led Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.
While many run from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, some brave souls are running toward the region to help. Dr. James Appel is one of those. Trained in the Inland Empire at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he's been working for Adventist Health International at hospitals in Chad for the last decade. Last week, Dr. Appel flew to Liberia to keep the doors open at Cooper Adventist, a small hospital in the capitol, Monrovia.