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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6:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ag Tech Accelerator Launches in Salinas

Credit Doug McKnight

A new program aims to bring technical innovation to the agricultural fields of the Salinas Valley.  It’s called Thrive Accelerator, and it’s looking for ten ag tech start-up companies that will receive mentorship, have the chance to test their technology in local fields and compete for venture capital funding. 

It’s part of a broader vision to make the Salinas Valley the future ag tech hub of the world.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Great Dreams and the Great Pacific Race

Jim Bauer rows on the Monterey Bay.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Jim Bauer’s muscles are all that power his bright yellow ocean row boat. He sits on a gliding seat where he pushes his legs back while pulling the oars to propel his boat away from the Monterey Wharf and out into the bay.

He’s headed out for a test run before the Great Pacific Race, a 2100 nautical mile human powered trip from Monterey to Honolulu Hawaii.  The inaugural race is scheduled to begin Monday, and will become a bi-annual event.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

From March to Parade: 40 Years of Santa Cruz Pride

Husbands Larry Friedman and Tom Ellison are the Grand Marshals of parade at the 40th annual Santa Cruz Pride.
Credit Krista Almanzan

    

Santa Cruz’s annual LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) pride celebration marks its 40th anniversary this Sunday.  Over the years, the event has evolved from a march for recognition and rights, to a celebration. 

Larry Friedman is one of the founders of the original event, now called Santa Cruz Pride.  He says the first Pride included a picnic and a men versus women tug of war across the San Lorenzo River.  It was 1975.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Uncovering the Underwater World at Point Lobos

Gary Banta stands near his 3D dive model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. It's now on permanent display at Whaler's Cove.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel, is often called the crown jewel of California’s State Park system.  It’s known for its scenic hikes and striking views, but it also has a lesser known underwater reserve that’s now more accessible thanks to local divers and scientists. 

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Local
6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Measure O Voters Will Weigh In On Public Water

Campaign fliers have been filling mailboxes on the Monterey Peninsula.
Credit Todd Muchmore

    

Larry Parrish walks through a Carmel Valley neighborhood. He’s going door to door hoping to answer voter questions about Measure O.  Parrish is with Public Water Now, the organization that got the measure on next month’s ballot.  “We’re doing this to save rate payers money,” said Parrish. 

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