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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Restaurant weeks often showcase things like burgers or gourmet fixed-price menus. But in Monterey, the focus isn’t just on tasty food; it’s also on where the food comes from.  

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Tomorrow is payday for federal workers, but many won’t be getting a check. The ongoing partial government shutdown is putting a strain on local families and comes with hidden costs.  

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Pebble Beach is an expensive place to live. The gated-community also has resorts and golf courses. Many of the 1700 people who work for the Pebble Beach Company commute. But now, some of them won’t have to.

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Santa Cruz County was one of the first to ban plastic bags and straws. Up next, big changes for small hotel toiletries.

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Across the nation, the Winter Solstice has become a time to remember those who died while homeless. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. In Santa Cruz County, the number of people who died homeless this year is up.

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California’s new recreational marijuana industry still faces major hurdles. To help address them, the first Monterey Cannabis Summit took place this week.

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As the Food and Drug Administration continues investigating the E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from California, literally tons of lettuce are ending up in landfills. Now, some agriculture companies are using a voluntary labeling system to help consumers stay informed and hopefully avoid food waste in the future.

Elkhorn Slough’s native oyster population is at risk of disappearing. Olympia oysters have made the Slough their home for 8,000 years. Now, scientists are trying to save the species using aquaculture.

The multistate E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce may have a connection to the Salinas Valley.

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As massive and deadly wildfires burn north and south of the Monterey Bay area, the City of Santa Cruz is trying to prevent one from starting here. The city has closed five public parks that are near homes and businesses.

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The City of Santa Cruz’s plan to house the homeless this winter didn’t work out. Now, it’s shutting down the outdoor River Street Homeless Camp. Those who live there are trying to figure out where to go.

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As home values continue to rise, school teachers and staff struggle to buy homes. To help, a growing number of local school districts are partnering with a company called “Landed”.

Votes are still being counted in Monterey Bay area elections, but early numbers are in. These results are from the most recent tally, which was early Wednesday morning.

graphic by Serena Toney

Election Day polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th.  

Find your polling place in Monterey County.

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Election Day is fast-approaching. If you want to vote before Tuesday, November 6, there are plenty of ways to cast your ballot, including weekend voting.

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Point Lobos is preparing to be the first day-use California State Park to roll out a reservation system. Known for its picturesque hiking trails that hug the coastline, Point Lobos has long been called the ‘crown jewel’ of the park system. But, visitors are loving it to death.

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California’s expensive housing market is pushing people out. That’s a top concern for some as they head to the polls. In Santa Cruz County, voters will weigh in on Measure H. It taxes property owners to pay for affordable housing. 

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Thursday’s testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee had many glued to their radios, TVs and phones. For some, today was an empowering moment for sexual assault survivors.

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Across the country, Veteran Stand Down events help homeless veterans get medical attention, legal help and new clothes. The Stand Down coming up next weekend in Monterey is still in need of community support.

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Numbers out today show the median monthly rent in Santa Cruz is $3,149. That’s according to the real estate website Zillow.  This November, residents will vote on whether rent control is the answer to reining in rents.

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