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Tyche Hendricks

Tyche Hendricks
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.

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The California Report | Jul 4, 2014 4:30 PM
Burnt Almond Cake, a San Jose Specialty, Remains a Mystery

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.

The California Report | Jul 3, 2014 8:50 AM
ER Doctor's New Film Is Love Letter to His Work

For all the debate over health care in America, it's relatively rare to hear from doctors on the front lines, and even more rare to hear from young doctors about a field they've recently chosen to devote their lives to. "Code Black," a documentary produced by a young resident at L.A. County's storied USC Medical Center, delivers that perspective with punch and passion. We talk with Dr. Ryan McGarry about his film.

The California Report | Jun 12, 2014 8:50 AM
California Republican Kevin McCarthy Makes Push for House Majority Leader

Now that Eric Cantor has announced he'll step down as U.S. House majority leader at the end of July, eyeballs across the country are turning to House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield as a possible replacement. If McCarthy is interested, Cantor says he'd support him.

The California Report | Jun 4, 2014 8:50 AM
Veteran Democrats Advance in Top Congressional Races

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.

The California Report | Jun 2, 2014 8:50 AM
Monied Interests Spending Big Before June Primary

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.

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