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.  

Ways to Connect

Doug McKnight

Protesters about equaled the number of supporters who attended a fundraising luncheon featuring former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Carmel Valley Thursday. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio for U.S. Senate

Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff”, will speak at a sold-out luncheon in Carmel Valley tomorrow. His visit has inspired a protest.  

Brandt Bates

Cigarette butts are a common sight on Central Coast beaches. They're not only gross, they can also harm wildlife. Still, finding a solution to this problem is proving difficult.

California State Parks

Big Sur has a messy problem of people going to the bathroom along Highway 1. Now there’s progress toward one solution. 

Erika Mahoney

The future of a city-run homeless camp in Santa Cruz is unclear. The camp was supposed to move to a new location by now. But securing the next site has been challenging.

Erika Mahoney

It’s getting harder to recycle plastic bags. A growing number of waste management districts in California have stopped accepting them as recyclables. The district serving the Monterey region is one of the latest to do so.

Erika Mahoney

Work is underway on a local passenger rail project. It will create commuter train service from Salinas.

Brandt Bates

A national rolling hunger strike has arrived in Santa Cruz. It’s trying to draw attention to immigrant children still separated from their parents under the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy.  

Erika Mahoney

Kids attend all sorts of camps during summer. Camp Grace brings together maximum security inmates and their children for one week. It runs in several California state prisons with dreams of expanding.

Noel Freitas

Creating costumes for local theater productions is expensive. With so many theaters in the Monterey Bay area, the work of a costume designer can also be redundant. So a non-profit is working to create a costume co-op.

Erika Mahoney

The City of Santa Cruz relies on the San Lorenzo River for its primary water supply. After a dry year, the river is running low. So as the city begins tapping into its backup water supply, it’s also enforcing water restrictions.   

Angela Hernandez

An Oregon woman continues to recover in the hospital after driving off Highway 1 in Big Sur. Angela Hernandez, 23, spent seven days 200 feet down a cliffside before being rescued.

Erika Mahoney

A dead humpback whale that washed ashore in Santa Cruz County will be left to decompose naturally. Scientists were able to take some samples of the marine mammal, but not everything they wanted.

Brandt Bates

Big Sur has more tourists than public restrooms to support them and that's creating a mess. People are relieving themselves along Highway 1 and on private property. 

George Krieger

The use of illegal fireworks in Seaside on the 4th of July is getting out of control. The City of Seaside wants to change that. 

Erika Mahoney

Time is running out to buy salmon caught in the Monterey Bay. This year's commercial salmon season is short because of the recent drought.

Erika Mahoney

The region’s first safe house specifically for victims of human trafficking needs more funding. The YWCA of Monterey County, which runs the safe house, recently found out the state will not renew the grant that funds the operation.

Erika Mahoney

Protesters across the country and here on the Central Coast want the Trump Administration to stop separating families at the border.  

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

Another illegal opium poppy field has been discovered on the Central Coast. This ninth field was found in Santa Cruz County. It’s located by a vacant house on Riverside Drive just outside Watsonville.  

Erika Mahoney

Why were thousands of opium poppies growing in Monterey County? And where were they headed? That’s what the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out. Deputies discovered eight fields full of the illegal flower in and around Moss Landing.