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 (238 archives)
While the state legislature is taking a summer break, some Democratic lawmakers are in Central America on a 10 day visit to El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. They planned the trip months ago, but now their timing couldn't seem more relevant as the national conversation about illegal immigration has taken on new urgency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leading the trip, and he talked with us from El Salvador.
Riverside will turn off its red light cameras in September, ending an eight-year program with Redflex Traffic Systems that lost money most of those years. As it happens, nearly 60 cities in California have dropped their red light camera programs - for a variety of reasons. But roughly 50 cities continue to use the cameras. Alicia Robinson of the Riverside Press Enterprise joins us now to catch us up.
In recent weeks, Los Angeles County supervisors have been wrestling with how to make sure their new Sheriff's Department watchdog gets the access he needs to provide effective oversight. The agency's top brass has been accused of allowing -- and even fostering -- a culture of violence among deputies in the County's main jail. We talk with Frank Stoltze, who covers crime and politics for KPCC in Los Angeles.
You can look up the price of pretty much everything online: cars, hotels, summer camps, but not health care. So, KQED and KPCC in Los Angeles decided to join forces with ClearHealthCosts.com, a health cost transparency advocate, to collect pricing data from California consumers. The results so far have been illuminating. We discuss the results with Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog.
If you grew up in San Jose, or even nearby, you've probably eaten a slice of burnt almond cake at a birthday or a graduation party. It's not that people don't eat this fluffy delight elsewhere, but in San Jose it's a local specialty.