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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Fernando Aceves

For years, composer Philip Glass has hoped The Philip Glass Center could make its home on a ranch in Big Sur.   The vision is for a place where artists, scientists and conservationists can collaborate.  But earlier this year the US Forest Service rejected his application to lease the land.  Still it’s a plan Glass and his team don’t plan to abandon. 

Tyson V Ringer / BBC / Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay has made a dramatic comeback in recent decades ever since it was designated a National Marine Sanctuary back in 1992.  That’s what inspired the BBC and PBS to showcase the Monterey Bay in a three day live special that begins tonight on PBS.   I recently spoke with one of the producers of Big Blue Live, Bill Margol of PBS.  He took me on a tour of Big Blue Live’s home base at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  

Krista Almanzan

For kids growing up on the Central Coast, actually getting to the ocean can depend on their socioeconomic status or where their families live.

Some young people surf and explore in the tide pools, while others never visit the Bay.  But here's some good news: the Monterey Bay region is teeming with programs to inspire the next generation of marine scientists, no matter who they are or where they come from. 

Krista Almanzan

There’s a saying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: “for people, not for profit”.  That’s because behind the multi-million dollar events that happen at the track off Highway 68 is the non-profit Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP).

SCRAMP built the raceway from the ground up back in 1957 on land owned by Monterey County, and has run the facility ever since.  But today it finds itself on shaky ground with its landlord.

Krista Almanzan

If you want to see the future of California, look no further than Salinas.  That’s the assertion of a four month reporting project by the journalism non-profit Zocalo Public Square.   It’s called Salinas: California’s Richest Poor City