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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 (214 archives)
On Thursday, the latest enrollment figures for Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act, are expected to be released. March 31 is the big deadline for people who want to sign up. Lisa Aliferis, who edits the State of Health blog for the California Report, joins us to talk about it.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen promoted her bill by getting on an e-skateboard across the street from the Capitol as news cameras rolled. The bill would allow the skateboards in the same areas as bikes. She was wobbly, but the skateboard comes off well. It's electrically powered, and that may overcome concerns about noise that led to a ban on motorized skateboards back in the '70s.
While most of us were watching the Oscars last night, the focus of a political corruption scandal in Sacramento dropped a big announcement. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Calderon on a couple dozen charges, including bribery, fraud, and money laundering. He's accused of using his position to assist a health insurance scheme. Scott Glover of the L.A. Times joins us to discuss the health care insurance fraud.
This Thursday, Yosemite National Park kicks off its first-ever film festival to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant, the document that set aside Yosemite Valley. We talk with festival director Steven Bumgardner, who says there are more than enough films about the park to fill a five-day marathon that runs through the weekend.
It started with a good idea from a single reporter at the Los Angeles Times: launch a blog detailing every homicide in L.A. County. When it launched in 2007, The Homicide Report was a big hit, especially with the victims' families. Over 5,000 reported homicides later, the Times has put a new full-time reporter on it and freshened the design. Assistant Managing Editor Megan Garvey joins us.