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 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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Local
11:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

New Degree Program Helps Salinas Valley Students Set Sights on Silicon Valley

Students in the CSIT-in-3 program attend their first Computer Science class at Hartnell College.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Although the Salinas Valley is only about a hour south of Silicon Valley, many high school students there don’t imagine a future in tech. But a new program is trying to change that by taking a different approach to earning a computer science degree. 

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Local
10:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Drones Show Potential Use in Disaster Response

PSI's Instant Eye UAV hovers over the ground at Camp Roberts.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The FAA recently approved permits for the first commercial use of drones.  So later this summer, two drones will be used to survey ice floes and migrating whales in the Artic; as well as, support emergency response crews monitoring oil spills.  The potential use of drones beyond the battlefield was made clear this week at an event hosted by the Naval Post Graduate School

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Local
12:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Labor Shortage Hastens Push for Immigration Reform

Workers stack boxes of freshly picked Brussels sprouts at Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville.
Credit Krista Almanzan

 

Nearly a month after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, the debate in the House drags on.   Meanwhile, local farmers are eager for a solution.  They’re facing an ongoing labor shortage that many feel could be solved by immigration reform. 

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