Wildfires: Pope Valley, Grist Mill, Helen of Vacaville
Richmond Mural 12/17/20
Berkeley Rep Podcast Series April 16, 2021
Stanford Republicans-AP Firing, May 24, 2021
The California Report hosting, August 27, 2019
Middle School Gym Class February 4, 2020 Gotta end with a kicker!
Berkeley Back-to-School Mom April 2, 2021
Chauvin Verdict Reax-Pastor April 21, 2021 — Live
Variant Research-Mission February 2, 2021 — original idea
Chasing Wildfires September 2, 2020 — I’ve been fascinated by Craig Clements’ research for a while now. I hope it’s not too obvious in this interview that I’m a total fangirl. So while he wanted to explain the data analysis, I was more interested in the exciting meteorologist-as-cowboy stuff. I still love talking to scientists.
Here’s another long overdue post with my latest. Most of this got done from my bedroom closet-studio.
Michael Wara 8/15/20 — I’m proud of this one because it was all mine. I was solo on a weekend the morning after the rolling-blackouts so I had to book, edit, produce, and engineer this 2-way on my own. Late the evening before, I booked Wara for 6:15am. He recorded himself with Tape-a-Call. I synced the interview myself and cut it in time to air at 7:30am.
Severin Borenstein 9/7/20 — This one was more of a team effort. For both of these, I drew on the fact that I had covered the 2001 rolling blackouts when I was a baby reporter. My goal was to explain what happened and why, to listeners who didn’t remember back then, what was different to those who did, and how and why a regulatory agency and a private power monopoly work together to execute these outages.
Day Umpteen (9/2/20): Chasing Wildfires — I’ve been fascinated by Craig Clements’ research for a while now. I hope it’s not too obvious in this interview that I’m a total fangirl. So while he wanted to explain the data analysis, I was more interested in the exciting meteorologist-as-cowboy stuff. I still love talking to scientists.
Oaklandish and Business Insurance (7/24/20) — What I remember about this interview is how defeated she sounded.
Bob Wachter (10/30/20) predicted the winter surge when San Francisco paused its reopening. Then my colleague Kevin Stark told me about the arrival of the vaccine on the same day (12/14/20) public health officials issued a dire warning about the coming hospital crunch.
Covid and McClymonds’ Warriors (7/21/20) — I miss doing regular field interviews!
And since we’re approaching a whole year of Covid, here’s the first story I ever reported on the coronavirus, back on January 27, 2020. I also interviewed a Wuhan native about shipping PPE to his hometown back in February. Here’s me being talking about the first lockdown on March 18, 2020. We knew so little and much of it was wrong. It makes my head hurt.
Bay Area Freeway Naming Conventions 11/29/20
Presidential Candidates on Climate Change 3/2/20 Hear me rattle off the names of the Democrats all in one breath!
Supervised Injection Sites 9/18/19
Middle School Gym Class 2/4/20 Gotta end with a kicker!
Our coverage of the Kincade Fire won in the Breaking News category. It was my week on-air in the mornings so I played a big part in it. That’s me hosting under Region 2/Large Market. I also helped explain how the fire started and celebrated the evacuees’ return. Mad credit to the reporters who contributed and to editor Ted Goldberg.
It was nice to be essential—for about a week! Positives: driving into downtown San Francisco and parking for free. Negatives: zero lunch options, being afraid of colleagues, sudden-onset hypochondria.
Soon I knew it was time to drag the show into remote production, to get everyone except the steadfast engineers out of the newsroom. Considering the challenges, we managed pretty well!
I miss ambi and light features. But I did pitch and produce this:
Here’s to a vaccine, re-opened schools, and big parties where everyone hugs and dances all night!
Also, we won a regional Murrow! Our breaking coverage of the Kincaid Fire won in the Breaking News category. That’s me hosting under Region 2/Large Market. I also helped explain how the fire started, and celebrated along with the returning evacuees. Mad credit to the reporters who contributed and to editor Ted Goldberg.
Here’s a long overdue post with my latest work in audio, mostly for KQED.
Orinda Shooting, live field reporting, 11/1/19 — I went live a lot that morning, starting at 5:30am. Here are some select hits: for The California Report statewide segment, for the local newscast on the hour, and on KQED’s call-in show, Forum.
Kincaid Fire Interviews, anchoring, 10/24/19 — I was filling in as morning anchor on the morning of the Kincaid fire. We busted out some of NPR newscasts at the top of the hour to fit in more local content and live interviews from the evacuation zone.
Kincaid Malfunction, 2way, 10/25/19 — I hosted this live interview during the local segment of Morning Edition.
Newscasts, anchoring, 10/28/19 and 10/30/19 — Again, two short local newscasts from KQED’s Kincaid Fire coverage. I like the celebratory sound in the second ‘cast.
The California Report, anchoring, 8/27/19 — The California Report is a statewide newscast for public radio stations across the state.
Nematodes, superspot, 11/12/19 — Another science nerd story. Maybe I was showing off a bit by pitching a story from one of the most remote and uninhabitable parts of the state.
I’m still pushing myself to edit more creatively for mobile and social. It’s challenging because the station doesn’t have a style guide or templates. I’m also using Grass Valley’s Edius, which isn’t built for this kind of thing. And these stories get done in between breaking news, VOSOTs and cutting “social video.” Basically, I’m making it up as I go along.
I shot this story about the new movie Kicks in the morning and filed it that afternoon. Keep an eye out for Justin Tipping…