I had the pleasure of working with our SF-based environmental reporter Ellen Knickmeyer on this investigation of dumping into protected aquifers in the Central Valley. Packaging such a technical, document-based investigative piece for video was a challenge. But it’s not the first time I’ve made a farmer cry on tape (scroll to 7:40). The package got great play. […]
California fruit breeder perfects peaches and plums By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Associated Press MODESTO, Calif. (AP) – Enjoyed a crisp white peach or a juicy plum this past summer? Chances are that 85-year-old Floyd Zaiger was behind them in some way, through his disease-resistant root stocks, groundbreaking hybrids or commercial varieties that arrive in […]
Here’s an oldie but goodie. A story I did for NHPR and then pitched to PRI’s The World. Brings me back to mud season in Manchester! Wish I had a photo…
I’m proud to say that this was my own story idea. It got great play on AOL. My only regret is that I didn’t have time to shoot a stand-up!
I turned this package on a 24-hour deadline, back when AP VJ’s did more stand-ups. But for this package, I didn’t need an excuse!
VIDEO: City chickens in the shadow of downtown LA Urban farmers fight nationwide to sow green biz By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tara Kolla fancied herself a green thumb-turned-green businesswoman when she planted an organic flower plot in her yard and sold poppies, sweet peas and zinnias at […]
I produced this piece for a class at UC Berkeley’s Journalism School. I shot most of it myself, and got help from classmates with the stand-ups and some of the interviews. Soon after I started shooting, the New York Times ran the story on the front page.