Erika Mahoney

Interim 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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The Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has been hosting a series of wildfire safety meetings across the state this summer. On Thursday night, the company met with Monterey County customers.

 

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The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property in Santa Cruz County has been closed since it became a National Monument over two years ago. Now, the public has a chance to weigh in on what activities they want for the nearly 6,000 acres of open space. 

 

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The Gilroy community gathered Monday night for a vigil. They honored the victims of the deadly shooting at the Garlic Festival through prayers and chanting.

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The mass shooting in Gilroy underlined how quickly such events unfold. A man with a rifle opened fire as a band played at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Police say they engaged and killed the suspect within one minute. Yet that single minute was long enough for the gunman to kill three people. He also injured 15 people, many of them critically. 

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Immigration enforcements happen throughout the year. But with the recent warnings about nationwide ICE raids, some are using the opportunity to educate undocumented immigrants about their rights. 

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The global commercial drone market is valued at $1.6 billion and growing quickly. Communities around the world, including the Monterey Bay area, are trying to get a piece of that economic growth.

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The man shot and killed by park rangers in Big Sur last weekend was wanted for murder in the Bay Area.

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Fear of backlash is one thing that keeps military members and their families from speaking up about housing problems, like mold and poor maintenance. That’s according to a recent study by the non-profit Military Family Advisory Network. But locally, there’s an effort to move past that fear. 

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Your California driver’s license will not be enough to board an airplane late next year. By October 2020, if you want to fly, you’re going to need a federally-approved ID.

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The Panetta Institute held the final lecture in the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series season on Monday, May 27, 2019.  

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Advocates of those sexually abused by priests spoke out in Monterey this week. They want the Catholic Diocese of Monterey to expand its list of accused clerics.

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Some ocean pollution, like plastic bags, can float on top of the water. Others, like golf balls, sink. So to raise awareness about this problem, a Santa Cruz artist is turning golf balls from the ocean’s floor into a sculpture. They were collected in the waters off Pebble Beach by a teen diver.

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It’s been a week since bulldozers and workers in hazmat suits finished clearing out a large homeless camp in Santa Cruz. It was home to over 100 people since November. 

Now, the densely-packed tents are gone. All that’s left is a barren dirt lot. But, Santa Cruz’s homeless problem hasn’t gone away.

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A California law requires certain businesses, including motels, truck stops and massage parlors, to display posters about human trafficking. But on a recent compliance check in Salinas, police found out very few are following this law.

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Winter rain created lush green hillsides across California. Soon, summer heat will dry out this growth, creating fuel for wildfire. To prepare, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered fire prevention work in vulnerable communities across the state.

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Eviction notices have been posted at the homeless camp behind Gateway Plaza in Santa Cruz. This comes after a federal judge says the city can move forward with its cleanup plans.

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Santa Cruz continues to struggle with how to manage a large homeless encampment at one of the city’s main entrances. The city’s plan to clean it up this week has been put on hold by a federal judge. KAZU News Director Krista Almanzan interviews KAZU Reporter Erika Mahoney who has been covering this story for months.   

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As an old saying goes, the only things we can be certain about in life are death and taxes. Presumably, you wrapped up your taxes yesterday. That’s why today is designated National Healthcare Decisions Day.

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March and April are when harbor seals give birth along the Central Coast. That means moms and pups need their space.

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The commercial crab fishing season is being cut nearly in half this year. It ends statewide one week from today. The goal is to prevent whale and sea turtle entanglements in the crab fishing gear.

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