Erin Baldassari covers housing for KQED. She's a former print journalist making her first foray into radio. Erin most recently worked as the transportation reporter for the Mercury News and East Bay Times with a focus on how the Bay Area’s housing shortage has changed the way people move around the region. She also served on the East Bay Times’ 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for coverage of the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland. Prior to that, Erin worked as a breaking news and general assignment reporter for a variety of outlets in the Bay Area and the greater Boston area. A Tufts University alumna, Erin grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and in Sonoma County. She is a life-long KQED listener, a rider of motorcycles and a lover of history.