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StoryCorps San Joaquin - Life Partners On Finding Home In Fresno And A Love For The Community

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Gabe Mora, 36 and Don Simmons, 63

And now to StoryCorps San Joaquin, a series documenting the stories of Valley residents, based on our collaboration with the personal history project. In this conversation, Gabe Mora interviews his life partner, Don Simmons, a Fresno State professor and historic preservation enthusiast. They talk about building their life together in Fresno. For Don, he didn’t expect to grow to love this city, especially after a life-changing tragedy on 9/11. But his work in the community led him to find meaning in its history and its people. Don Simmons starts. 

Soreath Hok is a multimedia journalist with 16 years of experience in radio, television and digital production. At KVPR she covers local government, politics and other local news.