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.


6:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Why the Future Military Base Looks A lot Like the Presidio of Monterey

City of Monterey General Services lined up at the Presidio of Monterey from where workers respond to calls from both the Army and the City.
Credit Krista Almanzan

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.  And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula. 

About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside  to share operating services as a way to cut costs.  More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.

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6:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Local Survivors of Suicide Loss Connect Saturday

Dawn McGahan is a suicide loss survivor and organizer of Survivor Day Monterey.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Established by Congress 15 years ago, at the urging of Senator Harry Reid who lost his father to suicide, it’s a day when people affected by suicide can gather for support and understanding.  Locally events are being held in La Selva Beach and for the first time on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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10:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

New Exhibit Explores the Stories Behind War Ink

Veteran Ron Riveira from Santa Cruz County is part of the online exhibit, War Ink.
Credit Johann Wolf

A new online exhibit featuring war veterans from recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan, aims to start a conversation between civilians and vets through the shared form of expression of tattoo art.

War Ink is an mutli-media exhibit featuring the stories and tattoos of 24 California veterans, including a few from the Monterey Bay Area.

Chris Brown (CB) with the Contra Costa County Library is co-creator of War Ink.

KA: What set you out on this project?

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Election 2014
1:46 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Wrap Up: Voters Ban Fracking, Approve Taxes

Congressman Sam Farr shakes hands with the daughter of Monterey County Superior Court Judge-Elect Andrew Liu (center) at The Press Club.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, Monterey County Election Officials say they still have nearly 34,000 ballots left to count.   Leaving many race still up for grabs.  56% of total ballots have been counted.

A full count is not expected until Friday.  

This puts voter turnout in Monterey County at roughly 46%.   

Original Story Now Reflecting Update: 

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Election 2014
9:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Activist Takes Early Lead in Council Race

Seaside City Council candidate Jason Campbell at an Election Night Party at the Monterey County Weekly's Press Club.
Credit Nic Coury, Monterey County Weekly

Jason Campbell, a small business owner and environmental activist who has worked to protect open space on the former Fort Ord , has taken an early lead in the race for Seaside City Council where there are two contested seats.  

Seaside's City Council and Mayoral races may sound hyper local, but the outcomes could have broad reaching effects for the region.  The winners will have a say on the Monterey Downs project, a proposed development that includes a horse racing track to be built on open space on the former Fort Ord.

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