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.


Around the Nation
12:17 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve

A surfer rides a wave at Steamer Lane, with the Santa Cruz Wharf in the background. A long swath of Santa Cruz's coast has been designated a World Surfing Reserve.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 3:44 am

You may think of surfers as slackers. But in Santa Cruz, Calif., they're city council members and business owners. And they're also conservationists — who just got their piece of the central California coast named a World Surfing Reserve.

Long before surf music topped the charts and long before surfers had crazy nicknames, surfers have been riding the waves in Santa Cruz.

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5:24 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Saving California's Native Oyster

About halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey is Elkhorn Slough.  This estuary, with its meandering waterways and abundant wildlife, is a destination for kayakers, bird watchers and researchers. About a third of the slough is a National Estuarine Research Reserve.  “So you’re seeing a little sample of the classic estuarine habitat types here.  We are standing on a salt marsh beneath our feet.  You see channels with permanently standing water and creeks.

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12:27 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Surfers Work to Protect World’s Best Waves

Surfers walk in the low tide waters at Pleasure Point.


Santa Cruz's new designation as a World Surfing Reserve is more than just an accolade for tourism brochures.  It's a proactive move by surfers to protect the waves they love.

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5:28 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Community Gardens Target Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic

Community gardens are popping up across the nation from urban rooftops to open fields next to churches in Watsonville.

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3:31 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Thinking Local About Energy

Micro-grid pilot project on the roof of Santa Cruz's Wharf Headquarters




There are several pilot projects underway in the Monterey Bay Area exploring the idea of a very localized power source: micro-grids that tap into the region’s wind and sun. 

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