The Central Valley is something that is incredibly personal to me. Having grown up, studied and worked in the valley, I’ve learned that there are stories in every corner of every city here: stories about intergenerational organizing, environmental (in)justice and the labor that feeds much of California, among others. I see journalism as a tool for record-keeping and nuancing “stereotypical” or “sensational” narratives. I want to see media act less transactionally, meet people where they are and ground my reporting in a deep understanding of regional context. Through being in the valley, which lies at the core of Northern California, I’ve learned a little bit about that context — but I am always learning more, and your stories play a huge role in that. As CapRadio’s Northern California reporter, I operate from an understanding of the breadth of perspectives here and the societal and structural inequities between the communities within the region. I’m particularly passionate about covering stories about groups of people that have been disempowered by current social structures.If there’s something I should be covering about Northern California — whether a topic or a specific story — let me know! This region is one we share.
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December 8, 2022
The Elk Grove local coffeehouse and bookstore has made itself a hub for local business partnerships, community conversations and events celebrating diversity and identity. It has a line-up of anniversary events this weekend.
December 7, 2022
Finals week is upon University of California campuses, and as bargaining continues, thousands of grades look to remain unsubmitted. Here’s what that means for students and the strike’s future.
November 28, 2022
Many disabled workers and students are participating in the UC strike. Though not all may not be on the physical picket line, they’ve shaped union proposals on accessibility and fought for a cost of living adjustment.
November 14, 2022
UC Davis workers are among the thousands across the UC system withholding their labor and canceling classes. They’re calling for wage increases, disability justice and fair working conditions, among other things.
November 9, 2022
Both Sacramento County’s Measure L, which creates a Sacramento Children’s Fund, and California’s Proposition 28, which increases K-12 arts education funds, look to pass by large margins.
November 8, 2022
According to election officials across the greater Sacramento area, vote centers and polling places have been hotspots for people to drop off already filled out vote-by-mail ballots.
First-time to long-time voters in the Sacramento area share what’s bringing them out to vote and what changes they’d like to see in future elections – from increased political action to more straightforward logistics.
November 7, 2022
Here’s what you need to know to ensure you’re registered and can vote on Election Day, including what to bring to a vote center, where to find polling places and how to find more information on the candidates and races local to you.
November 2, 2022
Also known as the “Children and Youth Health and Safety Act,” Measure L is the third measure in the past six years aiming to secure dedicated city funds for Sacramento youth programs.
October 28, 2022
The exhibit, California is in the Heart, is a multi-organization collaboration celebrating Filipino towns throughout the state, highlights Filipinas’ role in the community and honors past and present labor rights struggles.