Krista Almanzan

News Director & All Things Considered Host

Krista joined KAZU in 2007.  She is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of broadcast experience.  Her stories have won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and honors from the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association.  Prior to working at KAZU, Krista reported in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio and at television stations in Iowa.  Like KAZU listeners, Krista appreciates the in-depth, long form stories that are unique to public radio. She's pleased to continue that tradition in the Monterey Bay Area.

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Local
3:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Long Road to Fixing the Monterey Bay Area's Medicare Problem

This map shows the 14 counties which will have their status changed from rural to urban.
Credit Justine Herrera

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama signed into a law a bill that includes an increase of Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors in the Monterey Bay Area.  The speed at which this passed masks more than a decade of work it took to make this change.   

In a conference room at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, Dr. Larry deGhetaldi lays down a color coded map of California.  The map was originally drawn about 40 years ago. “This is how physicians are paid today in California.  All the green are paid the same,” said deGhetaldi.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Indigenous Interpreting Program Aims to be Far Reaching

Mixteco Interpreter Angelica Isidro stops at a nurse's station at Natividad Medical Center.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Natividad Medical Center in Salinas is seeing a growing number of patients who only speak indigenous languages from Mexico and Central America.  The hospital’s solution is an indigenous interpreting program that has been helping patients and doctors at the hospital, and is now available to hospitals and agencies across the nation.

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Local
11:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Bullying Prevention Pilot Project Underway in Salinas

Students in Mr. Zamora's 5th Grade class eargerly participate in the weekly classroom meeting. Olweus Program Coordinator Frances Weesner looks on.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Bullying is a problem that continues to affect about one out of every three students in the U.S.   In Salinas, a pilot project is underway to see if a bullying prevention program created in Norway can help local elementary school students.

Fifth Grade teacher Roberto Zamora started off the school year at Los Padres Elementary School in Salinas knowing just a couple of things about his new class of students.   The kids had been together as a group since kindergarten and, “this was a difficult class to deal with and they had a lot of bullying issues,” said Zamora.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Routine Practices Uncover Sea Otter Killings

photo courtesy of Greg Magee Photography, http://www.wildcentralcoast.com/
Credit Greg Magee

Investigators are trying to determine who shot and killed three sea otters near Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove back in September.  California Sea Otters are protected under the federal Endanger Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. 

The fact that the cause of death was discovered at all, is a credit to those protections and the broad network of organizations working to aid the recovery of the sea otter. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

John Lennon Exhibit Imagines No Hunger

Volunteer Leonard Rang sorts through food donated during the holidays. Volunteers must inspect each item before putting it on Food Bank shelves.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Singer-Song writer John Lennon died more than 30 years ago, but both his songs and his art live on. And like Lennon once did, his art is doing tours on the road. The traveling exhibit opens Friday in Carmel. 

The exhibit features nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings of Lennon’s pen and ink artwork, and hand written song lyrics. Rudy Siegel of Legacy Fine Art & Productions says most were printed after Lennon’s death in 1980 and some have been colorized by Yoko Ono.  

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