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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Krista Almanzan

Congressman Sam Farr will retire when his current term ends in January 2017.  He made the announcement Thursday at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to a room filled with family, friends and supporters.

“I don’t have any doubts that I could’ve gotten elected again and because you in this room have elected, almost counting primaries, 40 times,” said Farr.

But he said looking ahead to his next birthday on the Fourth of July helped motivate his decision.  He’s turning 75 and wants to spend more time with family.

Krista Almanzan

Any day now the Army hopes to resume prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord.  It’s part of the clean-up process, which began when the Army base closed more than 20 years ago.

To find out what happens after the smoke clears, I took a rare trip into the burn area with Lyle Shurtleff.  He’s Munitions Response Manager for the Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup.  

Krista Almanzan

As Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra at a mass in Washington D.C., hundreds gathered at the Carmel Mission. Many came to honor the founder of the California mission system, but some were there to rebuke a man the church now calls a Saint. 

Church bells drew hundreds of people into the Basilica at Carmel Mission for a noon mass held just before Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra.

Krista Almanzan

Crews are making progress on the Tassajara Fire burning in Carmel Valley.  At 1086 acres, the fire is 30% contained.  Over the past twenty-four hours, the fire has not grown beyond its footprint, which Cal Fire’s Scott McLean says is a good sign.

“But on the flip side we can’t be complacent.  The Wragg Fire in northern California earlier this year is a prime example.  We had that fire contained.  We had that within that footprint, and unfortunately, an ember did come across that line later  and increased that acreage by 500 acres on that particular fire,” says McLean.

Mary Klotz


A wildfire deep in Carmel Valley has killed one person. CalFire says the person who died was a civilian, not a firefighter.  The fire also destroyed or damaged at least ten homes and a number of outbuildings.

There’s a mandatory evacuation order in effect for residents who live on Tassajara Road between Carmel Valley Road and Cachagua Road.  Also the communities of Cachagua and Jamesburg are under an evacuation advisory.