Ericka Cruz Guevarra is the host of KQED’s The Bay, a local news podcast about what it really means to live in the Bay Area.
She reported a three part audio documentary on police killings in Vallejo, California where she was born, and reported on how a police killing in Walnut Creek motivated local residents to run for city council.
She’s drawn to local news stories from places where the light of journalism rarely shines these days. She produced this episode on the closure of a 161-year-old newspaper in Martinez, and this one on the tiny radio station in the North Bay relaying critical fire information in indigenous languages.
Before becoming the show’s host, Ericka was its producer, a breaking news reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, a Code Switch intern at NPR, a Next Gen Radio fellow at KJZZ in Phoenix, and KQED’s inaugural Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund intern.
Catch her tweeting here.
Photo by: Kirsten Dalldorf