Brianna Chavez

This year, our news team won three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. Our series on Roseland health, produced in partnership with local bilingual station KBBF, won second place in its division for collaboration. For one of the reports in this series, KRCB’s Adia White visited Roseland Elementary on their first day of school. Ninety percent of students in this district qualify for free and reduced priced lunch, but in the summer, families must find other options.

 (Pictured at right Roseland Elementary fourth grader Brianna Chavez. She prefers to bring her own lunch to school. Maybe it's because of her  cool lunchbox - Photo by KRCB's Adia White)

This reporting is supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund. 

Our Roseland Health Project is done in partnership with KBBF, Radio 89.1 FM, Santa Rosa's bilingual community radio station.

 

Education News

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    August 19, 2019

    Annual Mochilada Backpack Giveaway Kicks off the School Year

    Mochila is a Spanish word for backpack – and in Santa Rosa, the annual Mochilada is a giveaway of packs full of school supplies for kids as they start the new school year. Although families were excited to celebrate the end of summer vacation, they were also anxious over immigration raids and the…
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    April 19, 2019

    Alegría De La Cruz, Newest Schools Trustee, Aims at Equity

    The newest trustee on the Santa Rosa City Schools Board, Alegría De La Cruz, was chosen April 10 by the board to fill out the term of Evelyn Anderson, who resigned to take the job of interim co-principal at the French-American Charter School. In a freewheeling conversation, De La Cruz, the chief…
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    December 12, 2018

    Sexual Assault Prevention Educator Opposes Title IX Changes

    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX transformed college sports starting in the 1970s. More recently, student victims of sexual harassment and assault have used Title IX to make sure their stories…
  • steven herrington sonoma sup
    December 10, 2018

    Immigration Tied to Benefits? County Schools Head Says No

    Sonoma County's Superintendent of Schools, Steven Herrington, released a strongly-worded letter today, objecting to a government plan to restrict immigration to the United States, or legal status for those already here, based on whether prospective immigrants might become "public charges," that is,…
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    September 18, 2018

    Sebastopol Peace Wall Adds Ellsberg, Huerta, and Two Locals

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 200 people gathered in Sebastopol’s town plaza to honor men and women who have worked nonviolently for peace and justice. It was the fourth annual induction ceremony of Sebastopol’s Living Peace Wall. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers…
  • July 30, 2018

    Sonoma County Launches New Mini-Grants for Educational Innovation

    Do you have a great idea that could improve education in Sonoma County? A new fund will provide grants up to $2,500 "to kick-start efforts to make a difference in the lives of students. .. by thinking outside the box." Reporter Steve Mencher talked with Dan Blake, Director of Innovation and…
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    Jul 29, 2018

    Implementing the FAIR Education Act

    A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    SRJC Fire Relief Fund Provides Assistance to its Students and Staff

    The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation has created a fire relief fund offering qualified recipients a check of up to $500.All students,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
  • Jul 26, 2018

    The Importance of Arts Education

    KRCB North Bay Public Media explores the importance of arts education in in K-12 education, with a community grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.…
  • May 28, 2017

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
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    Apr 27, 2017

    Water Wise Education

    The Water Wise Education Program utilizes a multifaceted approach to help students learn the value of water as an important natural resource. These…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Education Program

    The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program reaches thousands of students every year with lessons and materials on water conservation…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Wise Education Materials

    Materials are only available to teachers that fall within our service area in Sonoma and Northern Marin counties, as these water providers fund the…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Download Water Education Activities

    Here you’ll find some teacher favorite activities relating to water and the environment. They are specified by grade level and can be used in a…
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Three Democratic Governor Candidates Debate Education

    Three of the most prominent Democrats running for California governor in 2018 participated in the first debate for that political race.
  • Feb 13, 2017

    Assessing Sonoma County’s Arts Education Needs

    As school budgets shrink and curriculum requirements tighten, are Sonoma County students still getting taught about the arts? Creative Sonoma is…
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    Dec 03, 2016

    Marching Flute And Fantasy Fiction: The Education Of Lizzo

    Minneapolis vocalist Lizzo grew up deep in the Pentecostal church, so it seemed natural to title one of her songs "Worship.

Science & Health News

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    August 23, 2019

    October 2017 Wildfires are Affecting Crucial Health Programs

    The aftermath of the October 2017 wildfires will be felt in Sonoma County for years to come in ways you might not expect. This year, Sonoma County lost millions of dollars in property tax revenue due to the fires and the resulting budget cuts could have lasting impacts on the health of teenage…
  • SMART train
    August 01, 2019

    Officials Address Safety Along SMART Train Corridor

    Five people have been killed by the SMART train since June, three are believed to have died by suicide. County leaders are now looking for ways to improve safety for a complicated problem. Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has served on the SMART train board for ten years. KRCB’s Adia White…
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    July 30, 2019

    Grand Jury Commends Sonoma County Jail Mental Health Program

    In Sonoma County, as elsewhere, jails increasingly serve as mental health facilities. In its yearly report, the Sonoma County Grand Jury commended a county jail program that has gained national attention for positive effects on prisoners’ mental health. Sonoma West Editor Laura Hagar Rush spoke…
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    June 29, 2019

    Summer of Space!

    NorCal Public Media brings you the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes a month full of science and history programs, all commemorating America’s journey into space. Check out norcalpublicmedia.org as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for exciting…
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    June 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing problem here in the North Bay. KRCB news partnered with Sonoma West to host a panel discussion at Analy High on May 22nd, to share some of that…
  • opioid pills
    June 05, 2019

    Opioid Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement

    GABRIELLE EMANUEL NPR Article Therapeutics, an opioid manufacturer, has agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and civil investigations into the company's marketing practices. As part of the settlement, Insys Therapeutics admitted to bribing doctors to prescribe…
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    May 07, 2019

    Kaiser CEO Tyson Meets with Families on Mental Health

    In late April, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane traveled to Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland. She was there with a group of family…
  • opioid pills
    May 03, 2019

    Opioid Epidemic in the Bay Area

    The opioid epidemic is devastating communities throughout the country. Northern California Public Media partners with regional public health agenies…
  • Philip
    Apr 30, 2019

    New Health Officer Tackles Measles and Other Top Concerns

    Sonoma County has a new Health Officer, responsible for overseeing the Department of Health Services. Dr. Celeste Philip started the job on April 9th…
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    Apr 24, 2019

    San Mateo County Jail Struggles With A New Role For Opioid Detox

    Eric Westervelt NPR News(Redwood City, California) Felipe Chavez, who's doing time at the San Mateo jail for selling fentanyl, is taking part in the…
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    Apr 17, 2019

    Family Turns Grief to Activism After Daughter's Suicide

    Editor's Note: On April 25, Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson met with the Brown family and Shirlee Zane, and with several others seeking improvements in…
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    Mar 19, 2019

    San Jose says NO to incentives

    LISTEN TO THIS STORY ON NPR Jasmine Garsd February 15, 2019 3:25 PM ET A mayor from another city that tried to land big tech companies might be…
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    Mar 05, 2019

    Sonoma County Emergency Manager Speaks on Flood Recovery

    Although the Russian River has receded below flood stage, those affected are still struggling to get their lives back in order. At a community…
  • flood debris
    Mar 04, 2019

    Sonoma County Residents Search for Flood Recovery Assistance

    1,900 homes and 578 businesses were damaged by the Russian River flooding and record rainfall last week. Sonoma County officials estimate the total…
  • russian river
    Mar 01, 2019

    Russian River Flood Recovery Resource Page

    Russian River. Courtesy of Sonoma County Sherriff's Office. DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: While crews are working to open roads, County staff have also started…
  • Schwedhelm
    Jan 29, 2019

    Santa Rosa Mayor Talks About his Priorities for 2019

    Santa Rosa’s new mayor is beginning his first year in office. Tom Schwedhelm is Santa Rosa’s former police chief and was voted into office by his…
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    Jan 08, 2019

    New Sonoma County Sheriff Hopes to Improve Community Relations

    Mark Essick took his oath as Sonoma County Sheriff on Monday. Around 250 people attended the ceremony. The 49-year-old is replacing former Sheriff…
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    Dec 10, 2018

    Coffey Strong Heads to Butte County to Share Advice

    Representatives from the neighborhood group Coffey Strong will travel to Butte County this week to offer recovery advice to survivors of the…

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