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.


3:53 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Winter Break Academy Keeps Students on Track in Math

A student works on a problem during the Algebra Academy.

Recent research shows that middle school is a critical time for doing well in math.  The study released by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd shows that many California seventh graders who struggle with math, have no clear path to future success in the subject. A local program uses this winter break from school  to keep students on track in math.

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1:40 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

California Missions Undergo Upgrades To Resist Quakes

Scaffolding is seen at the basilica at a mission in Carmel, Calif., a sign of its multimillion-dollar seismic retrofit.
Krista Almanzan for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:06 pm

At California's nearly two dozen Spanish missions, conversion these days isn't just about religion; it's also about seismic retrofitting. That's because the missions — which date to the late 1700s, when Spain's king sent Franciscan missionaries to convert natives to Christianity — would not withstand a major earthquake.

At a mission in Carmel, a 220-year-old basilica is in the middle of an earthquake retrofit. Workers removed the structure's red tile roof and replaced it with scaffolding and a protective plastic.

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8:28 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Library Rebirth in Steinbeck's Hometown

the Literacy Center at the new Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas

Around the world, the City of Salinas may be best known as the birthplace of John Steinbeck. So when a budget crisis nearly forced the closure of the city’s public libraries eight years ago, it made headlines everywhere. Today it’s a different story.  The community saved the libraries and this month it celebrates a rebirth with the re-opening of a library in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. 

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10:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Mission Conversion Focuses on Seismic Retrofit

The Carmel Mission Basilica

California’s 21 Missions are older than the state itself, and most could not withstand a major earthquake. Many are made of adobe and date back to the late 1700s when Spain’s king sent Franciscan missionaries to convert natives.  Today conversion at the missions isn’t about religion; it’s about seismic retrofitting.

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1:44 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Village Removes Obstacles for Local Seniors

Village member Gerda sits in her Carmel Home.

Most seniors hope to live in their homes indefinitely. But plans can change when there’s the loss of a driver’s license or home maintenance becomes overwhelming.  The Village Movement is removing some of these obstacles across the nation and now locally.

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