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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 (193 archives)
There's still a year to go before the next general election for California's 17th congressional district, but it's arguably one of the hottest races to watch in the state, if not the country. That's because a former Obama administration official has amassed a war chest of nearly $3 million to go after a member of his own party: Congressman Mike Honda.
The USDA recently linked three Central California chicken processing plants to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 350 people across the country this year. The plants continue to operate, and Foster Farms says cook your chicken thoroughly. Katharine Mieszkowski of the Center for Investigative Reporting has been exploring the raw chicken supply chain in the wake of the outbreak and joins us.
For decades, the phrase "California wine" meant Napa and Sonoma, but that horse has left the barn. Wine grapes are now grown all over the state, though you could be forgiven for complaining it's hard to find much diversity of taste. But it's out there. Jon Bonné, wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle surveys the scene in his new book, "New California Wine."
Most Californians realize the name "Silicon Valley" is as much an umbrella term as it is a description of a geographic place, not unlike "Hollywood" or "Wall Street." But ask somebody inside or outside the Santa Clara Valley about the history of the place before Big Tech, and you're likely to draw a blank. There were orchards. It's the home of Stanford University. And that's about it. We talk with historian Mary Wadden about her book "Silicon Valley: The History in Pictures."
According to the last Census, there are nearly one and a half million Filipino-Americans living in California, mostly on the coast. But there was a time -- in the early 20th century when Filipinos came to work the fruit and produce fields of the Central Valley. Back then, downtown Stockton was home to a bustling "Little Manila." San Francisco State Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon wrote about it in her book "Little Manila is in the Heart."