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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UPDATE 9/20/19: The Monterey County District Attorney's Office says no charges will be filed against the three Salinas Police officers who fatally shot Brenda Rodriguez on March 1.

The D.A.'s office completed it's investigation into the officer-involved shooting this week. District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni determined the officers acted in self-defense and the defense of others. 

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Changes in the global recycling market are being felt locally. In the City of Monterey, garbage rates could go up.

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Carmel Valley has known wildfire risks: steep terrain, seasonally dry brush and lots of open space. It also has limited evacuation routes.

Santa Cruz Police

The Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating a fake letter that was sent to several Latinos in the community. The letter says police have files on them. The police chief is concerned about the ripple effects of this scam.

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Homelessness is becoming more and more visible across the Central Coast. In Santa Cruz, the most glaring sign of the homeless crisis is a large encampment near one of the city’s main entrances. The camp will again be a topic of Santa Cruz’s City Council meeting on Tuesday. The plan is to close the camp after figuring out where everyone could go.

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Even during regular commute times, Monterey County roads get backed up with traffic. So it’s easy to imagine gridlock during an emergency. That’s why the county is working on a regional evacuation plan. 

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The stormy start to the year has downed trees, caused flooding and power outages. But the rainfall has benefits. Excess water from the Carmel River is being stored for later use.

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Gusty winds and heavy rain continue to impact the Central Coast. The Carmel River reached flood stage this Valentine’s Day.  

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An atmospheric river that originated near Hawaii will continue to rain down on the Monterey Bay area through Thursday morning. The storm has caused big problems, including power outages, flooding and downed trees.

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Monterey County has nearly 600 unaccompanied homeless youth and only one emergency shelter designed specifically to serve them. On Thursday, the shelter reopened with improvements that allow it to offer help every night of the week. 

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Following six days of consistent rain, Central Coast residents have been dealing with downed trees, rockslides and power outages. In Carmel Valley, people continue to monitor the Carmel River.

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During the longest partial government shutdown in history, federal workers not only missed out on their paydays, they also lost time. Locally, that created a loss of data, research and business opportunities.  

The 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series will tackle the topic: Checks and Balances - Will Our Democracy Survive? Some of the speakers joining former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta include John Kelly, Chris Christie and James Clapper. 

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California public schools are working to comply with a new law that requires them to teach students about human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act (AB 1227) went into effect last year.

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Overtourism has impacted places like the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, where Games of Thrones was filmed. But it also pushed that destination to manage the industry more mindfully. Now in Monterey County, there’s also a push to shape the tourism industry in a more sustainable way.

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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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