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.

The Latest in the Series
9:01 am
Fri August 30, 2013

A Look at Abraham's Novel: "War, West Virginia"

Blacksburg Writer Michael Abraham has written a number of books about the Virginias.  His newest is called, “War, West Virginia.” 

It’s a fictional tale set in the real life town by that name….  a “what might have been” take on actual events after a dam-break devastates a coal town.

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Law & Crime
5:05 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Henrico Police Investigating Delegate Joe Morrissey

A lawyer claims that there's "no story here," but Henrico County Police are digging deeper into allegations that a high-profile member of the House of Delegates had inappropriate ties to a 17-year-old girl.  

While the attorney for the girl's mother says news reports are terribly misleading, the girl's father felt there was reason to call the police when she went to Delegate Joe Morrissey’s home.

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Tax Credit Program
6:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

VA Tax Credit Supports Private School Scholarships

A new program is rolling out that provides tax credits for scholarship donations to private schools in Virginia.

Passed by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, The Education Improvements Scholarships Tax Credit Program has significant support from non-public, faith-based schools.
 

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Government & Politics
4:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Virginia's Civil Rights History

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial at Capitol Square

While the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, a Virginia historian looks at the Commonwealth’s role in the civil rights movement and where it stands today.  

Virginia may be best known for its Massive Resistance against school integration as the civil rights movement progressed.  The Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball says King and some other civil rights leaders confronted racism with events like the March on Washington and bus boycotts. 

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Cost of Deployment
4:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Weigh In: Sequestration & Syria

Credit AFP Getty Images via NPR

Potential  U.S. military engagement in Syria is sparking a debate among the region’s lawmakers over whether sequestration is impacting the U.S. military’s ability to respond to conflicts abroad.
 

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Moving a Library
4:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The Book Brigade

It may not be easy to get friends to help you move, but hundreds of people showed up  in the summer heat to do just that. 

Residents of Crozet, Virginia – Charlottesville’s fastest growing suburb – stood in line to help the community’s tiny public library move to its new home.

The excitement was audible as books began to move from Crozet’s original library – which once served as a train station – to a new, much bigger building nearby.

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Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.

A veteran Vermont reporter, John joined VPR in 2001. Previously, John was a staff writer for the Sunday Times Argus and the Sunday Rutland Herald, responsible for breaking stories and in-depth features on local issues. He has also served as Communications Director for the Vermont Health Care Authority and Bureau Chief for UPI in Montpelier.
 
John was honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2007 for his reporting on VPR. He was the lead reporter for a VPR series on climate change that in 2008 won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage.

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