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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Local
6:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Researchers Explore Unknown Life of Otters in the Slough

Dr. Mike Murray of the Monterey Bay Aquarium preps a sea otter for surgery.
Credit Krista Almanzan

If you’ve ever filled out that line on your tax form to donate to the California Sea Otter Fund, your dollars are at work right now in Elkhorn Slough.   The fund is paying for the first year of a three year study on otters at the Moss Landing estuary. 

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Local
5:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Toxic Algae Plagues Watsonville's Pinto Lake

Blue green algae near the shore of Pinto Lake in Watsonville
Credit Krista Almanzan

Watsonville needs to clean up Pinto Lake.   The popular recreation spot is plagued with toxic algae that not only smells bad, but can also make people sick.  To make matters worse,  the solutions are more expensive than this cash strapped city can afford.

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Local
11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Salinas Playground Designed to Bring Kids of All Abilities Together

Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, Amanda Bakker, Tatum Bakker and Shawn Bakker at the ground breaking ceremony for Tatum's Garden fully inclusive playground.
Credit Tatum's Garden

 

  

A playground under construction in Salinas is a first for the Monterey Bay Area.  It’s a place where all children, even those with special needs, can play side by side. 

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Local
6:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressman Farr on U.S. Military Action in Syria

Democratic Congressman Sam Farr at his office in Salinas.
Credit Krista Almanzan

President Barrack Obama is gaining support for taking military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons on its own people.  Next week, the vote is set to go before Congress where Central Coast Congressman Sam Farr will weigh in. 

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All Tech Considered
5:17 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes

The inaugural class of the Computer Science and Information Technology program, scheduled to graduate in 2016.
Hartnell College

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 12:54 pm

To earn money for her family, Alicia Leon Rios worked in the fields in Salinas, Calif. Meanwhile, she sent her toddler, Leticia, to Mexico to be raised by her grandparents.

Even now, Alicia Leon Rios chokes up thinking about that difficult decision more than two decades ago. But it was worth it, she in Spanish, because her daughter "was able to choose another path."

That path led to college.

Fast-Track To A Degree

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