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

The idea of a love letter usually inspires thoughts of young love and the future.  But death is the starting point for something called an End of Life Love Letter.  These are letters you write to family members and friends for them to open usually after you die.

Krista Almanzan

Being an Olympic bobsledder from Monterey sounds out of the box.  And that’s why Nick Cunningham tried out for the U.S.A. men’s bobsled team.

Montage Health

$105.8-million.  That’s how much a single donor is giving local, non-profit Montage Health.  The money will create a new youth mental health program and facility for Monterey County.

The 2018 Leon Panetta Lecture Series will tackle the topic: Is the American Dream Alive and Well?   The line-up includes the four following forums with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moderating.

All will take place at the Monterey Conference Center and broadcast live on 90.3 KAZU.

Krista Almanzan

All beaches along the Monterey Coast are back open after tests results show no signs of contamination from a massive sewage spill. 

Over the weekend an estimated 4.4-million gallons of wastewater mistakenly went out into the Monterey Bay.

DREAMers got a sliver of hope this week in the form of a court decision.  A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. 

There are roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children enrolled in DACA.  This court decision doesn’t solve the issue though. 

Krista Almanzan

Since the day Fort Ord closed there’s been talk of opening a museum to commemorate the near 80 years it served as a training ground for Army soldiers.  That effort has always had more enthusiasm than money and that’s still the case, but now the clock is ticking. 

Krista Almanzan

The number of homeless deaths in Santa Cruz County has reached a new high.  The fifty people who died homeless in 2017 were honored in a memorial service Tuesday.

Erika Mahoney

Salinas has hundreds of unsolved murders. For the victims’ families, the wait for justice can be unbearable. So this month, a group of moms who lost their children launched a new website. They hope it will renew interest in their cases.  

Krista Almanzan

After Monterey County voters approved a fracking ban last November, oil companies and royalty owners quickly filed six lawsuits against the county.  Those have all been consolidated into one trial.  Phase one began today.