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
3:25 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Son Fights Killer’s Release at a Time When More Lifers are Getting Parole

Jason Chelius looks through a folder of letters and pictures he plans to bring to the parole hearing.

Many don’t have vivid memories of when they were just seven-years-old, but Jason Chelius does.   That’s how old he was when his father was murdered back in 1979. “I remember sitting in the bathtub, and I mean still to this day, I can hear the rap on the door.  So I hear the knock on the door, and the blood curdling screams of my mother, just echo through your body,” said Chelius.  

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Local
11:56 am
Thu June 27, 2013

In Victory, Medi-Cal Dental Patients Still Face Challenges

Gloria Sams cools down her pet birds on her balcony in Santa Cruz.

Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget. It partially reinstates adult dental benefits for the poor; the program that was slashed four years ago.  But even in this victory for patients in need, challenges lie ahead. 

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Local
3:24 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Local Documentary Producers Tackle Tough Topic

Steve Rosen of Mac and Ava Motion Pictures looks at footage from their documentary Boyhood Shadows.

Two local documentary producers want you to face a tough topic: the sexual abuse of boys.  Their film Boyhood Shadows started as a small local project, and this week it makes its national premiere on PBS (KQED).

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Local
6:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

New Group Wants Public Purchase of Cal-Am

    

In 2008 residents in the Santa Cruz Mountain town of Felton won a near eight year battle to purchase their water system from California American Water.  Today a newly formed group of Monterey Peninsula residents is hoping to do the same thing.

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Local
6:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Kitchen Incubator Looks to Create Jobs

Amelia Rojas demonstrates how her fruit cart, "Fruit Works" will work.

 

This week voters in Watsonville overwhelming  rejected Measure T. It would have opened the door for the city to annex land along highway 1 for development.  City officials hoped the development would help address Watsonville’s high unemployment rate.  Meanwhile there’s another project underway trying to tackle that unemployment problem. It’s a commercial kitchen incubator designed to help micro entrepreneurs launch local food businesses. 

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