Erika Mahoney

News Director

Erika Mahoney joined KAZU Public Radio in 2016. Her story, "Reality of Possible Separation Sets in for American Children of Undocumented Parents" won a National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2018 for 'Excellence in Writing.'

Erika studied Broadcast Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She interned for CBS Sunday Morning in New York City. After graduating, Erika spent four years working as a TV reporter in Upstate New York and on the Central Coast of California. 

Erika's passion for journalism and public radio began in high school when she worked for an independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Erika loves living in the Monterey Bay area with her partner and orange tabby cat. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, yoga and painting.  

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Erika Mahoney

The Monterey International Pop Festival half a century ago was iconic.  It launched the careers of some legendary musicians and created a blueprint for future music festivals. The producers of this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop never set out to recreate the original, but did find ways to celebrate it. And they also set the festival apart from other music festivals today.   

Erika Mahoney

A Salinas DREAMer no longer faces deportation. A judge threw out the case in late May, three months after the DREAMer with DACA status landed in jail.

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz is known for its free spirit and eclectic mix of people. Look no farther than the Evergreen Cemetery to see it’s a culture that dates back to the 1800s. After decades of sitting in disrepair, there’s renewed energy to restore the historic site.

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