Krista Almanzan

Krista Almanzan joined KAZU in 2007.  She is on leave from her role as News Director.  She is spending the 2019-2020 academic year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.  

In her time leading the station’s local news coverage, KAZU earned 25 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, plus one National Murrow.  The station has also been awarded numerous national honors from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated).

Krista is part of an NPR reporting collaboration that covers military issues close to home.  She is also a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

She started her journalism career in Iowa covering presidential elections, tornadoes and holiday parades for local television stations.  

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Krista Almanzan

Arsenic and nitrates are among the most common contaminants found in private wells on the Central Coast.  But not everyone who relies on these wells for drinking water knows it. That’s why the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board offers one-time, free domestic well testing. 

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A lot of money will soon be flowing into California communities with contaminated drinking water thanks to the new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.  Today at its meeting, the State Water Board will talk about how to implement that $1.4-billion program.

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The FBI is opening a federal domestic terorrism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect.  

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Preliminary findings from the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office show the shooter at the Gilroy Garlic Festival died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Since the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened, it has welcomed school groups for free.  For most students, that meant self-guided tours through the Aquarium. With the opening of its Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education, more kids will get a chance for hands-on learning.  

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Helping veterans and active duty military has been a focus of Representative Jimmy Panetta during his time in Congress. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He served in the Navy Reserve.

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It takes just a few seconds for Dr. Casey Grover to show me how to administer the potentially life saving drug Narcan. It is the antidote to an opioid overdose.   

KAZU News has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  The awards are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.  

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The third event of the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focused on the Role of Nationalism, Globalism and Patriotism.  

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In case of an emergency that requires the evacuation of Pacific Grove, there are only two ways out. On Saturday, emergency planners will test a third route through the normally closed Presidio of Monterey.  

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As insurance companies reassess the fire risk in California, homeowners in Carmel Valley have been getting dropped from their coverage.

The second event of the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focused on the Role of the Press and the Congress.

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East Salinas makes headlines for gang violence and shootings.  A theater production this weekend and next aims to shine a different spotlight on this community.  

The first event of the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focused on the Mueller Investigation, the Law and the Presidency.  

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New state funding is opening the door to projects addressing the homeless crisis across California.  A Wednesday evening community meeting in Seaside will focus on one of those potential projects.

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Great white shark bites are a leading cause of death in California Sea Otters, according to the Marine Mammal Center. That is how a baby otter named Langly ended up in the center’s care.    

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UC Santa Cruz just hired its first Activist in Residence. His name is Isai Ambrosio. His position is new at UCSC, but the idea is not new on college campuses. 

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Local, low-income families who rely on CalFresh to buy their groceries are the latest to be affected by the partial government shutdown. 

Krista Almanzan

Monterey Peninsula voters want a public takeover of their private water system, if it’s feasible.  When they passed Measure J, they asked the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to figure that out.  

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There’s a mountain side on the south coast of Big Sur that has been slowly slipping.  Known as Paul’s Slide, it drops rocks, dirt and mud onto Highway 1. Paul’s Slide is also threatening the road that connects a group of monks to the rest of the world.

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