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.  

Ways to Connect

With dwindling landfill space in the Salinas Valley, a plan to build a plant that turns trash into energy is under environmental review.  

This is the best time of year to see Monarchs as they overwinter on the Central Coast.  Each year, the high stakes question for one peninsula town is: how many butterflies will return? 


Marina, CA – Fort Ord closed in 1994. Today the former Army base is a mix of the present and past. Just off highway one in Marina, a busy shopping center sits across the street from uniform rows of largely abandoned wooden Army buildings. "If the City of Marina and the developer for the Dunes on Monterey Bay Project are lucky there will be a hotel complex here," said Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA).