Rowan Moore Gerety

Reporter

Rowan Moore Gerety joined KAZU as a news reporter in 2012.  In addition to his reports on KAZU, Rowan is a regular contributor to Marketplace. He has written for the Atlantic, Slate, Foreign Policy, Guernica, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Common, among others, and produced radio stories for All Things Considered, Living on Earth, and the California Report. He served as the launch editor for the African Makers series on Medium, a collection of writing about creativity in business and social welfare around Africa. He studied anthropology at Columbia University, was a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar in Mozambique, a 2013 International Reporting Project (IRP) fellow in Nigeria, and received a 2013 Jon Davidoff scholarship at the Wesleyan Writers Conference. 

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Local
5:49 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Salinas Police Shootings Aggravate Old Tensions on the East Side

A shrine of flowers and balloons marks the spot where Carlos Mejia was killed on May 20.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Salinas police officers fatally shot two men in a two week period this month, sparking protests in East Salinas and raising the possibility of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. Both men were killed as suspects when police responded to 911 calls, but locals say the incidents reveal a pattern of overly aggressive policing in Latino neighborhoods.

 

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Local
6:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Felton's Public Water Nearly 10 Years After the Vote

SLV Water District Director of Operations Rick Rogers explains the patchwork repairs done on the Fall Creek fish ladder in the years before San Lorenzo Valley became Felton's water provider.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Residents of Felton have been paying close attention to a local TV advertisement targeting voters in nearby Monterey. “In 2005, we voted for a public takeover of our water system,” says Felton music teacher Beth Hollenbeck, on screen. Hollenbeck pulls a water bill out of her mailbox: “If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have voted for it.”

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Local
6:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Santa Cruz Activists Aim to Inspire Constitutional Amendment With a Local Vote

Volunteers for Move to Amend Santa Cruz collected more than 10,000 signatures for a petition saying "corporations are not people and money is not free speech.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Constitutional amendments don’t happen very often: there have been three in the last fifty years. But activists around the country are circulating petitions in support of a new amendment. This one is designed to overrule Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and stem the tide of money in politics, and voters in Santa Cruz may soon have a chance to weigh in.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Looking back on The Grapes of Wrath and Mrs. Steinbeck’s Chicken Piccata

Exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath turns 75 on Monday, April 14th. The book recounts the trials of the Joad family, who lost their Oklahoma farm and traveled to California at the height of the Depression. It was banned and burned in some cities when it was first published in 1939. But it also won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, selling nearly half a million copies within a year.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Stretching Silicon Valley to the Beach

Members of the Santa Cruz co-working space, Nextspace, popular with local techies.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Every morning, more than 20,000 people leave Santa Cruz county and commute to work in Silicon Valley. Even with a large research university and seaside real estate, it’s hard for Santa Cruz to compete with the Valley’s pull on engineers and entrepreneurs. But with a $700 billion industry headquartered over the hill, there’s a lot to be gained from local efforts to stretch Silicon Valley to the beach.

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