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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When they travel to London to compete in this summer's Olympics, many elite athletes will be joined by family members. But for Alexander Massialas and his father, Greg, it's different. Both of them will represent the United States — one as a coach, and the other as an athlete.

Tuesday’s primary was the first test of California’s new top two vote getter law.  In the race for the Congressional seat that represents the Monterey Bay Area, the new system produced a familiar outcome. 

Water Fee Fight

May 25, 2012


About a year ago a monthly fee disappeared from water bills on the Monterey Peninsula.  Now an effort to try and collect that money again is under fire.

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.

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.


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.

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




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. 


As regulations tighten on pesticide use, and the buffer between urban areas and farmland shrinks, strawberry farmers are searching for alternatives to fumigants. 

A complete stranger saved the life of a Carmel Valley woman.  Now she's hoping you'll consider doing the same for someone else.