August 18, 2020

Hindered by high winds, dry air and triple-digit temperatures, fire crews on Tuesday continued to fight a string of lightning-sparked brush fires that started Sunday in rural stretches of the eastern and northern Bay Area. KQED.

August 13, 2020

At the beginning of the year, hundreds of UC Santa Cruz students gathered and marched at the base of campus demanding higher pay for graduate student workers. Over 40 of the striking students were fired for their involvement in the wildcat strike, but now, they’re eligible to get their jobs back. KAZU.

August 07, 2020

For the first time since the pandemic started, COVID-19 outbreaks have been documented at agricultural workplaces in Santa Cruz. This story I reported was featured as the second segment in The California Report, linked below. 

July 22, 2020

A conservative nonprofit is suing Governor Gavin Newsom and state officials on behalf of nine parents. They claim the statewide order which prevents districts from holding in-person classes is unconstitutional. This story I reported was featured as the fourth segment in The California Report, linked below. 

July 17, 2020

San Francisco is joining over 30 other CA counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list. KQED.

July 10, 2020

New COVID-19 cases have been spiking in Santa Cruz County and health officials are preparing to handle even more cases. KAZU and The California Report.

June 16, 2020

Nooses found at a public park in Oakland, Calif., will be removed and investigated as hate crimes, according to Mayor Libby Schaaf. NPR.

June 15, 2020

Major airlines will ratchet up their enforcement of face-covering policies, according to Airlines for America, an industry association. NPR.

June 15, 2020

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a series of administrative orders on Monday that will require the police department to reform its use-of-force rules and amp up de-escalation tactics, three days after Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a police officer. NPR.

June 13, 2020

As Atlanta protesters took to the streets again Sunday, incensed by the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man fatally shot by a police officer, body cam videos released by the Atlanta Police Department showed Brooks being polite and for the most part, calmly complying with officers' requests. NPR.

June 11, 2020

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Amazon and eBay to stop selling certain pesticide-containing products, many of which claimed to fight off and disinfect from the coronavirus. The orders also bar the e-commerce giants from selling products that contain toxic chemicals like chlorine dioxide and methylene chloride, which is federally regulated as a toxic substanceNPR.

June 03, 2020

A thunderstorm dispersed many demonstrators protesting against George Floyd's killing and police brutality, for a seventh consecutive day, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening. NPR.

June 03, 2020

What appeared to be overwhelmingly peaceful protests compared to earlier days persisted Wednesday across the U.S. NPR.

June 02, 2020

One week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody, demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism continued across the United States. Many cities imposed curfews, and President Trump again warned he would order active duty military forces to restore order if state and local governments, in his judgement, failed to do so. NPR.

May 31, 2020

U.S. protesters rallying against the killing of George Floyd and countless other black Americans are being heard around the world as demonstrators launched their own protests in the countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands, Iran and New Zealand. NPR.

May 31, 2020

Amid continuing protests over the death of George Floyd, Target has temporarily closed or adjusted hours at more than 200 stores nationwide. NPR.

May 29, 2020

Demonstrators nationwide have taken to the streets after Floyd died while being arrested in Minneapolis. NPR.

May 20, 2020

In March, as states across the country began implementing stay-at-home orders and commuters got off the road, traffic dropped, but a new National Safety Council report finds that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per miles driven increased by 14% compared with the March 2019 rate. NPR.

May 18, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his daily coronavirus press briefing an updated set of public health benchmarks that counties must meet to move further into reopening their economies.

These more permissive thresholds could allow 53 of the state's 58 counties to reopen more parts of the economy. NPR.

May 17, 2020

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday they're requesting all records and documents regarding President Trump's decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth government watchdog Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks. NPR.

May 14, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning the public about the reliability of a widely used rapid test for the coronavirus. The test, made by Abbott Laboratories, has been linked with inaccurate results that could falsely reassure patients that they are not infected with the virus. NPR.

May 14, 2020

Eighteen of California's 58 counties have received state approval to further ease coronavirus restrictions, but major population centers such as the San Francisco Bay Area are choosing not to relax stay-at-home orders for now. As of Thursday, 18 counties are eligible to move to Expanded Stage 2 of California's four-stage reopening plan. NPR.

May 13, 2020

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overturned the state's "Safer at Home" orders and mandated that all future statewide restrictions to battle the coronavirus must be approved by the legislature's rule-making committee before they could be implemented. NPR.

May 10, 2020

The worst of the nation's historic job losses are yet to come, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told Fox News Sunday that "the reported numbers are probably going to get worse before they get better." NPR.

May 07, 2020

Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael are charged with murder and aggravated assault. NPR.

May 04, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will allow some retail businesses to reopen with modifications as early as Friday, amid encouraging coronavirus benchmarks. The businesses will include places such as book, clothing, toy and sporting goods stores, as well as music shops and florists, the governor said. NPR.

May 03, 2020

Orange County plaintiffs argued the beach shutdown infringed on "their constitutionally protected right and authority to make their own decisions regarding the status of their beaches." But Orange County Superior Court Judge Nathan Scott rejected the injunction, and beaches spanning the Orange County coastline were closed over the weekend and will continue to be. NPR.

May 01, 2020

The city councils of both Huntington Beach and Dana Point voted to pursue legal action against the state of California to block Gov. Gavin Newsom's beach-closure orderNPR.

April 30, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all beaches and state parks in Orange County to temporarily close on Thursday, after images in the news showed crowds gathering on beaches there and, according to Newsom, violating the state's physical distancing rules. NPR.

April 27, 2020

California Police Chiefs Association memo sent Wednesday informed its members that Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all California beaches and state parks to close. NPR.

April 27, 2020

High temperatures drew large crowds to beaches along the California coastline over the weekend, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said that photos of the packed shorelines show "what not to do." NPR.

April 26, 2020

Coronavirus antibody tests have garnered attention from officials as a potential tool to evaluate people's immunity to the illness. But the majority of companies creating the tests have had little to no regulatory oversight, according to the chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. NPR.

April 22, 2020

The Boston Red Sox's illegal sign stealing during their 2018 championship season has cost them their second-round draft pick this year, a decision announced by Major League Baseball Wednesday. NPR.

April 20, 2020

Almost three months after LA basketball icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash, family members of four people who died in the crash are suing to hold the helicopter's owners liable in the deaths. NPR.

April 20, 2020

Citing President Trump's guidelines for Opening Up America Again, Gov. Brian Kemp announced at a news conference steps to reopen Georgia's economy. NPR.

April 19, 2020

As of April 13 nearly three months since the first confirmed case of the coronavirus was reported in the United States, there are over 746,300 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityNPR.

April 16, 2020

As global cases of coronavirus top 2 million, and people across the world lose loved ones to the virus without being given the chance for final farewells, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference that instead of death toll numbers, he's thinking more about those lost moments. NPR.

April 14, 2020

A Pew Research Center survey conducted this month among 4,917 U.S. adults found that 27% of black people personally knew someone who was hospitalized with or died from COVID-19, compared to just 1 in 10 white and Hispanic people. The results highlight how coronavirus is disproportionately affecting lower-income people of color. NPR.

April 13, 2020

Some major grocery chains are not allowing shoppers to bring reused bags and lawmakers in a number of jurisdictions are rescinding the bans temporarily, citing health concerns prompted by the the coronavirus pandemic. NPR.

April 05, 2020

Australian police announced they've launched a criminal investigation into the Ruby Princess, citing questions over whether the operators of the ship, Carnival Australia, were transparent about sickened passengers and crew membersNPR.

March 30, 2020

A New Jersey Army National Guardsman who had tested positive for the coronavirus and been hospitalized since March 21, died Saturday, according to the Department of Defense. NPR.

March 28, 2020

Amid reports of the shortages, a patchwork army of 3D printer-users has emerged across the U.S.: Researchers, doctors and lone producers have gone to work, creating protective gear in labs, basements and home offices for health workers. NPR.

March 25, 2020

Commercial fishermen in the U.S. who have already faced challenges in recent years to make it in an increasingly globalized and regulated industry, are now struggling to find customers during the coronavirus crisis. NPR.

March 01, 2020

Right now, it's illegal for teachers to bring up non-heterosexual relationships during health class in South Carolina, unless it's about sexually transmitted diseases. Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are trying to force the state to change the 32-year old law. NPR.

February 09, 2020

A shipwreck found 35 miles off St. Augustine, Fla., has been identified as the SS Cotopaxi that disappeared in 1925. NPR.

July 29, 2019

A shooter opened fire on a crowd at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, killing three people — including a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old-girl. KQED.

May 22, 2019

Scientists can now “see” more accurately what long-extinct species looked like. Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park and the University of Manchester have created a chemical image of a 3-million year-old mouse. KQED.

EPA, California Consider Regulation of Chemicals Found in Ski Gloves and Frying Pans Showing Up in US Waterways

February 09, 2019

Last spring the EPA promised a plan to deal with PFAS contaminants, but after almost a year, it’s still unclear how the U.S. and California will deal with these "forever chemicals." Scripted and voiced accompanying radio piece. KQED.

May 07, 2019

The the ninth gray whale to die in Bay Area waters in 2019 was killed by a ship strike. It's the fourth to die after being hit by a ship. KQED.

April 29, 2019

Winds carrying greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide can travel up to 60 miles offshore, adding significantly more carbon dioxide into the ocean than previously estimated, according to new research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. KQED.

California's Huge Snow Season Continues, as Satellite Images Show Its Progression

February 28, 2019

The heavy atmospheric river storms dumping on Northern California since January have increased the Sierra Nevada snowpack to 153 percent of its historical average for this date. KQED.

Jerry Brown's New Gig as Keeper of Doomsday Clock

January 24, 2019

This year the Doomsday Clock remains unchanged and is set at two minutes to Midnight. KQED.

Northern Hemisphere heat waves covering more area than before

December 20, 2018

Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere have gotten more expansive in recent decades, covering 25 percent more area now than they did in the 1980s, according to new research. GeoSpace.

Knowing When to Spare the Air

November 04, 2018

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District, kicked off its winter Spare the Air alert program for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The Monterey Herald. 

Sea lions battle return of deadly disease

October 25, 2018

More than 220 California sea lions, 73 from Monterey County, have been hit by a kidney infection that can be fatal in the second most severe outbreak in recorded history. The Monterey Herald. 

Freshening up Moss Landing

October 09, 2018

Local officials are hoping new developments will revitalize Moss Landing. The Monterey Herald. 

A new chapter for Elkhorn Slough

October 06, 2018

Elkhorn Slough has been named one of 39 Wetlands of International Importance. The Monterey Herald. 

Sea-level rise could cut off wastewater service to millions in U.S.

June 21, 2018

Scientists report in a recent study that with just 30 centimeters of sea-level rise, roughly 4 million people in the U.S. could lose access to municipal wastewater services — services that allow three-quarters of America to run the tap and flush the toilet. Earth Magazine

Driftwood reveals ancient Arctic currents and sea-ice levels

December 28, 2017

Researchers looked at over 900 pieces of ancient driftwood to learn how sea ice in the arctic was moved, and melted by ocean currents in the last 12,000 years. Earth Magazine.

Preparing for the next earthquake

October 18, 2018

​New technology developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners could warn the public seconds to tens of seconds before an earthquake hits, giving enough time to drop, cover, and hold on. The Monterey Herald.

Gaining a deeper understanding of dyslexia

November 17, 2018

What if schools created curriculum so precise lessons were personalized to each student’s brain? That’s one long-term goal of a new partnership forged between the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center and Chartwell School in Seaside, CA. The Monterey Herald.

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