Ezra David Romero

Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.

Romero worked with Valley Public Radio from 2012-2017. He landed at KVPR after interning with Al Jazeera English during the 2012 presidential election. His series ‘Voices of the Drought’ using the hashtag #droughtvoices has garnered over 1 million impressions on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. It's also resulted in two photography exhibits and a touring pop-up gallery traveling across California. Stories affiliated with #droughtvoices have run locally, statewide and on national air.  In January he was awarded a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association for Southern California for this series. He beat out some of the largest radio stations in the state.

In 2015 he was awarded a first place radio award by the Fresno County Farm Bureau for a piece on the nation’s first agricultural hackathon.

In early 2015, he was awarded two prestigious Golden Mike Awards through the RTNA of Southern California for a piece on budding tech in Central California and a story on Spanish theater. Valley Edition, the show Romero produces, was named for the best Public Affairs Program for 2013 by the RTNDA of Northern California. 

He’s a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he studied journalism (digital media) and geography. He has worked for the Fresno Bee covering police, elections, government and higher education. In 2012 he was a Gruner Award finalist for his 13-part Sanger Herald series on obesity in Sanger, Calif. 

In his spare time, Romero hikes the Sierra Nevada, takes road trips to the Pacific Coast and frequently visits ice cream shops.

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Governor Jerry Brown issued and executive order Thursday to improve the health of California forests. From Capital Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

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A number of state legislators and other officials are unhappy about how long it's taking to implement a plan to preserve the shrinking Salton Sea before toxin-laden dust from the increasingly dry lake bed poses serious environmental and health problems in the region.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero.

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A bill reintroduced into the California legislature for the third time would make the sale of filtered cigarettes illegal.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

In San Francisco today (Wednesday), the nation's first-ever curt hearing on the science of climate change will take place.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains.

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The Sierra Nevada is currently blanketed in fresh powder from recent storms.  But the traditional way of measuring how much water is in all of that snow isn't vey accurate.  That's a problem in California where every drop matters.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on an innovative new way to calculate the snowpack.

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In the Inland Empire and around the state of California, some local elected officials remain resistant to making legal marijuana available in their communities.  Other public officials are showing signs that their anti-cannabis viewes are "evolving," or at least catching up with the views of a majority of their constituents.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero have more in this report.

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The third snow survey of the year yesterday (Monday) revealed promising results for the state's water supply.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, it's going to take a few more storms to make up the deficit.

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You would not be able to drink out of a straw at a sit-down restaurant unless you request one under a new bill inching through the California legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Temporary water restrictions across California felt during the drought could become permanent.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

The lack of rainfall and snow pack has people wondering if the Golden State is on the verge of another drought. CPRN reporter Ezra David Romero looks into the issue of water supply and storage in California.

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A call to change the mentality over the way forests are managed is the topic of the latest research by the Little Hoover Commission.  Capital public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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California is on pace to surpass its target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has more on a new report.

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Half of California's vegetation is at risk of dying because of warming temperatures, according to new UC Davis research.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on California roads.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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President Trump established a new tariff on imported solar panel parts yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on how the tax may affect California.

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Caltrans is exploring how the future effects of climate change could impact the state's highways.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

California wants more environmentally friendly vehicles on the road. New state funding may help even low income residents to reduce emissions. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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You have two more days - today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) - to comment on the Trump administration's desire to raise fees at 17 national parks.  Capital Public Radios' Ezra David Romero reports.

Americans produce a lot of waste, especially through the holiday season. There are ways for gift givers to reduce the amount of trash they generate as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Fires in Southern California this year have charred hundreds of thousands of acres. Now NASA is testing instruments intended for space by measuring environmental impacts in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Finding the perfect doctor can be a feat for anyone.

And a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that 18 percent of all LGBTQ Americans refrain from seeing a physician for fear of discrimination.

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Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have a huge challenge this week: convince all but one Democrat in the California Legislature to vote for new fuel tax increases and vehicle fees to repair the atate's crumbling roads and highways.  That's because it's an incredibly unpopular vote, as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero found when he spoke with drivers in Fresno.

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After five years of drought followed by all of the precipitation we've had so far this winter, there's so much snow in the Sierra Nevada that state water officials are preparing for a massive runoff year.  But the traditional way of calculating the snowpack has a huge margin of error.  As Valley Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, a new way to measure it could greatly decrease that inconsistency.

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them: growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.

On Golden Valley Farm an hour north of Fresno, Mario Daccarett's employees milk 500 sheep every day, in rounds of 12. This creamy milk eventually is turned into cheese and sold at places like Whole Foods.

"They tell me that our Golden Ewe cheese is the best for grilled cheese sandwich ever," Daccarett says. (I bought some and it was really tasty.)

Beekeepers flock from all over the country to California every February and March to watch billions of honeybees buzz around the state's almond trees. Eighty percent of the country's commercial bees visit the Golden State each spring.

So I went to check out the scene at an almond orchard at the California State University, Fresno, in Central California.

"Really, the key is to stay calm around bees, because if you're afraid, then your body physiologically changes and they can sense that," beekeeper Brian Hiatt tells me. "They literally can smell fear."

The giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are one of America's treasures, but for the first time in Sequoia National Park's history, the trees are showing visible signs of exhaustion due to the drought.

On a hike last summer, a scientist noticed that the needles of the giant sequoias were browning and more sparse than usual. This finding got ecologists thinking: Did the drought cause this?

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