The Bay
The Bay is a local news podcast about what’s really going on here. We’ll show you the messy and resilient culture of this place we call home, with help from Bay Area reporters, community leaders, and neighbors. New episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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The Bay Team

Ericka Cruz Guevarra
Ericka Cruz Guevarra


Ericka Cruz Guevarra is the host of The Bay. Before that, she was the show’s producer. Her work in that capacity included a three-part reported series on policing in Vallejo, which won a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Ericka has worked as a breaking news reporting at Oregon Public Broadcasting, helped produce NPR's Code Switch podcast, and was KQED’s inaugural Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund intern. She’s also an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio program. Send her an email if you have strong feelings about whether Fairfield and Suisun City are part of the Bay. @NotoriousECG
Alan Montecillo
Alan Montecillo


Alan Montecillo is editor of The Bay. He came to KQED from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he was the senior producer of a daily statewide news show called The 21st. He was also the founding producer and editor of Racist Sandwich, a podcast about food, race, class, and gender. Over the years, he's narrowed down his answer to the question "Where are you from?" to "a Filipino-American from Hong Kong, with some time in Portland." You can tweet at him about local news, basketball, and Cantonese food. @alanmontecillo
María Esquinca


María Esquinca is the producer of The Bay. Before that, she was a New York Women’s Foundation IGNITE Fellow with Latino USA. She has also covered the San Joaquin Valley for Radio Bilingue. Maria has interned at WLRN, News 21, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute and at Crain’s Detroit Business as a Dow Jones News Fund Business Reporting Intern. She is an MFA graduate from the University of Miami. In 2017, she graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master of Mass Communication. A fronteriza, she was born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in El Paso, Texas. 

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