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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“King tides” will roll into the coastline this weekend. But there are some misperceptions about these high tides.

Mik Benedek


Celebrities have been strutting and putting across the greens at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week. Stars have been part of the tournament since its inception in 1937. 


Erika Mahoney

Vote by mail voters should receive their ballots by the end of next week. KAZU’s Erika Mahoney spoke with Gail Pellerin to talk about what voters should know, but might be afraid to ask. Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County clerk and registrar of voters. She’s been serving as the county’s chief elections official for 27 years.

California Highway Patrol

For nearly a year now, mysterious projectiles have been hitting cars passing through the Prunedale area in Monterey County. The California Highway Patrol has made an arrest.  

Doug McKnight


On Friday, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg became the first of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates to hold a public rally in Monterey. 

Mary Jane Peters

Romaine lettuce from the Salinas region is finally safe to eat after multiple E. coli outbreaks linked to it. But the investigation into what went wrong is still ongoing.

Erika Mahoney

UPDATED 1/9/20 4:30PM: The housing affordability crisis is sparking strikes at Santa Cruz County’s largest employer, UC Santa Cruz. On Thursday, around 200 people joined together in a rally to support those who are striking. The work stoppages began with graduate students and now some university workers are striking as well. 

Beiquan Mou

New Year, new spinach on the horizon. The world’s first true red spinach has been developed in Salinas. The creator hopes this colorful and healthy superfood will get people excited about the leafy green.

Erika Mahoney


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will increase staffing in the Prunedale area over the holidays. The CHP hopes amplified enforcement will help them finally find whoever is responsible for shooting projectiles at passing cars. 

Marine Life Studies’ Whale Entanglement Team (WET) ® under NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit Program # 18786-04

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season is now open on the Central Coast. The season was delayed a month over concerns about possible marine entanglements with fishing gear. 

Erika Mahoney

Since the 1950s, the Visiting Nurse Association has delivered hospice and home health care directly to patient’s homes across the Central Coast. Now, the nonprofit has a new Latino Mobile Resource Center. It’s a van on a mission to inform Latino families in South Monterey County about end of life care. 

Erika Mahoney

Federal authorities are trying to figure out what has caused the latest E.coli outbreak. At least eight people have been sickened across three states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people to not eat a specific salad kit from Fresh Express, a local Salinas company.

Michelle Loxton

The number of people sickened by the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region has increased. As of Wednesday, at least 67 people have fallen ill with over half hospitalized. Cases have been reported across 19 states. Federal investigators are working to narrow down the source of contamination. Meanwhile, loads of lettuce are being thrown out this Thanksgiving. 

Erika Mahoney

UPDATE 11/27/19 3:45PM: Santa Cruz City Council decided more input from the community and CACH, or the Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness, is needed before a final decision.  

Erika Mahoney

4:00pm: A total of three spot fires broke out Saturday morning near the Marina airport. Two of the fires were under an acre and the third was about 49 acres. All three are fully contained. Fire personnel will be mopping up into the evening. 

Douglas McKnight

No Caesar salad this Thanksgiving for the second year in a row. A warning out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to avoid eating romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas growing region. 

Erika Mahoney

On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission listened to hours of public comments over California American Water’s proposed desalination facility, which aims to provide water to much of the Monterey Peninsula. Part of the project would be located within the City of Marina, but Marina residents won’t get any of the water.

Ocean Exploration Trust & NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

During a recent expedition to study the largest octopus garden ever discovered, scientists stumbled across a second garden about 5 miles away. Located off the coast of Central California, these gardens are home to thousands of octo-moms who have come to take care of their eggs. KAZU News caught up with the scientists to learn more about what will come of their expedition. 

@PGE4Me on Twitter

10/30/2019: PG&E decided not to turn off the power in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday following changes in the weather. 

@PGE4Me on Twitter

10/28/2019 5:15PM: PG&E announced Monday evening that they will be moving forward with another Public Safety Power Shutoff on Tuesday. This round will likely impact portions of 29 counties, including parts of Santa Cruz County. Monterey County will not be affected.



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