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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4:48 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

How Could Passenger Rail in Santa Cruz County Serve You

The Santa Cruz Branch Line is 32 miles of freight rail between Davenport and Watsonville.
Credit Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Talk of bringing passenger rail to Santa Cruz County goes back decades.  But it seems the idea is finally at the point where the talk may turn into reality. 

About two years ago, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) purchased the Santa Cruz Rail Line. It’s a 32 mile freight line that runs from Davenport to Watsonville. 

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Local
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Scholarship Program Finds Success With Unlikely Candidates

WELI Scholar Edna Valdez stands in the courtyard at Hartnell College's Alisal campus.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Edna Valdez looks every bit the part of a typical college student with her skinny leg jeans and smart phone in hand.  But this 31-year-old is anything but typical.  Her bright cheerful smile goes a long way at hiding all the obstacles she faced to get here.

“There’s been a lot of hardship in my life,” said Valdez.  So much hardship that tears well up in her eyes when she thinks back over the past ten years. 

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Local
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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