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 (231 archives)
In the heavily Democratic 33rd District in Southern California, progressive stalwart Henry Waxman is retiring after 40 years. In a surprise upset, a Republican landed the most votes: Elan Carr. In the 11th District, rival Democrats kindly stepped aside for state senator Mark DeSaulniers' bid to replace outgoing Representative George Miller in the East Bay. In the 17th District, hugging Silicon Valley, Congressman Mike Honda won 48 percent of the vote, but he faces a tough run in November against another Democrat, Ro Khanna.
Tuesday's June primary comes in a year without anybody running for president, and changes in California law have shifted most dramatic propositions to the November ballot. Voter turnout is expected to be low. But if primary elections aren't that interesting to voters, there's no question they're interesting to monied interests. In May alone, $20 million was spent to influence California's June primary. We examine the growing impact of independent expenditure committees with John Myers, KQED's senior politics editor.
On a day set aside to remember the sacrifice of veterans, California is mourning the loss of six young people killed in Santa Barbara County on Friday night. All six killed were UCSB students.
California dominated this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the food world, announced Monday night in New York. The award for outstanding chef of the year was given to bread and pizza maven Nancy Silverton, of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles.
This Friday is the deadline for policy committees in Sacramento to act on bills with a fiscal impact. As usual, there are a lot of bills. As usual, those with a fiscal interest in what passes -- and what doesn't -- are opening their checkbooks to influence the legislative process. Laurel Rosenhall of the Sacramento Bee joins us to discuss the process by which big money interests influence one of the biggest demographics in the Legislature: moderate Democrats.