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.

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

You may not imagine finding young skaters, surfers and snowboarders involved in the fight against hunger. But they are thanks to a growing Santa Cruz non-profit.

The election is over, but workers in both Monterey and Santa Cruz County still have ballots to count, about 60,000 between the two counties. Is that enough to tip the scales in any of the races?

In the race for the Congressional seat that represents the Monterey Bay Area incumbent Democrat Sam Farr again faces Republican Jeff Taylor. The match-up is the same as in years past, and the candidates remain starkly different.  

In this rental market where inventory is low and prices are up, finding a home has become especially hard for people with low incomes.

Toll roads and bridges are the norm in California’s big cities, but the central coast doesn’t have any.  That could change.  In this time of tight budgets and the lack of voter interest in increasing taxes, the Monterey Bay Area could get its first toll road.