IMG 0934Sarah Bohannon and Steve Mencher accept the award for "Letter from Santa Rosa."NorCal Public Media won three national journalism awards for projects produced in 2018. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher accepted the awards at The Public Radio Journalists Association conference in Washington D.C. on June 17. The Public Radio Journalists Association awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast news. 

Category: Podcast, First Place

The episode "The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base" from our environmental justice podcast "Living Downstream" won first place in the podcasting division for small stations.  During the Vietnam War, civilians at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida tested Agent Orange, and many suffered health consequences from their work. Before the podcast episode was heard, and an excerpt broadcast on NPR’s “Here and Now,” there was little hope that this issue could find its way to the courts. Today there’s hope. This story was produced by Jon Kalish and edited by KRCB News Director Steve Mencher.

Category: Best Collaborative Effort, First Place

As the communities of Paradise and Chico felt the full fury of the 2018 wildfires, the most destructive in Calif. history, NSPR began a daily show about the fire and its aftermath called “After Paradise.” NorCal Public Media teamed up with NSPR on a “Letter from Santa Rosa,” interviewing survivors of the 2017 Tubbs fires who had advice on resiliency and self-care for their neighbors to the north. This collaboration won first place in its division. This story was produced in partnership by KRCB's Adia White and Steve Mencher and NSPR's Sarah Bohannon. Tess Vigeland hosted this episode.

Cartoonist Brian Fies, interviewed in this episode, worked with public radio station KQED to create an animation of his experience. Watch his story below.

Category: Best Collaborative Effort, Second Place

When Roseland was annexed into Santa Rosa, we wanted to investigate how politics might play out in the everyday lives of residents, especially in the area of health. Our series "Will the Annexation of Roseland Improve the Community's Health" won second place in the collaboration division. The work was facilitated by the Latino Public Radio Consortium and funded by the USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. KBBF's Edgar Ávila produced the series in partnership with KRCB's Steve Mencher and Adia White.

Arts News

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    August 20, 2019

    Roseland Mural Welcomed into the Community

    Martín Zúñiga created a vibrant mural this summer with about a dozen young women from the Santa Rosa community. It's at Roseland Elementary: A Leadership Academy, and it represents the movement of the young people there toward education and giving back. We talk with the artist and Michelle Leisen,…
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    August 07, 2019

    Residents Celebrate Agricultural Roots at Sonoma County Fair

    The theme of this year’s 83rd annual Sonoma County Fair is “Back to Our Roots in Cowboy Boots.” It's meant to celebrate the region's long history in agriculture. In the signature event on Sunday, wranglers drove a herd of cattle through downtown Santa Rosa. KRCB’s Adia White reports. (Longhorn…
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    Jul 24, 2019

    Santa Rosa Symphony Performs Free Concert

    The Santa Rosa Symphony's new music director and conductor, Francesco Lecce-Chong, will lead his first full season beginning this fall. This is the…
  • Library photo for website
    Jul 18, 2019

    Sonoma County Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

    Paying your library fines might not seem like a big deal. It usually adds up to spare change. But earlier this month, the Sonoma County Library…
  • Jul 09, 2019

    Rivertown Revival

    Heritage, High-jinks and A HootenannyJuly 20th, 2019 - 11am to 8pm Friends of the Petaluma River bring you the 10th Annual Rivertown Revival! NorCal…
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    Jul 09, 2019

    'Hairspray': The Perfect Musical for this Moment

    It’s a time capsule of a time capsule, looking back to the 1988 John Waters film, the 2002 Tony-winning Broadway musical and the 2007 film starring…
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    Jul 03, 2019

    Book Tells Stories of Refugees Exiled 'Home' to Cambodia

    Exiled is author Katya Cengel’s recent book about Cambodian refugees in California. In the light of current refugee policies, it’s instructive to…
  • Martin
    Jun 11, 2019

    Stories from the Fire: Passion for Survival

    Martin Zuniga is a sculptor and painter. His home was surrounded by fire in October 2017. Through a mentorship and teaching project with youth,…
  • Jun 07, 2019

    Word by Word Welcomes Murder Mystery Writer Cara Black

    Sunday at 4 pm on KRCB FM Radio 91.Word by Word listeners (and mystery writers) will enjoy the conversation (and pick up a few writing tips), during…
  • Oakland Temple resize
    May 21, 2019

    Mormon Temple in Oakland Open to Public for Limited Time

    The iconic Mormon temple visible from Highway 13 in Oakland is open to the public for a limited time through early June. According to the website of…
  • Mark
    May 03, 2019

    Stories from the Fire: Out of the Fire

    Mark “Mooka” Rennick, the owner of Prairie Sun Recording Studios, produced and performed on a benefit CD called “Out of the Fire.” The proceeds will…
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    May 01, 2019

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet: 'I Love Petaluma'

    Forrest Gander is the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He was born in California, has lived in Mexico, and taught at Brown University…
  • Rob photo
    Apr 26, 2019

    Political Cartoonist Speaks on the Importance of Satire

    Political cartoonist Rob Rogers was fired from his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year after being told to stop drawing unflattering…
  • Eki
    Apr 24, 2019

    Stories from the Fire: Marching On

    Musician Eki Shola and her family narrowly escaped the North Bay Wildfires. Shola lost her home, instruments, and creative archive of music. She…

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