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Alice Daniel

News Director

Alice Daniel is News Director for Valley Public Radio. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.

As a correspondent for KQED’s The California Report, Daniel covered the Central Valley from Stockton to Bakersfield and beyond.

In addition to her broadcast and newspaper work, Daniel has been a lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism at Fresno State for 17 years.

In 2017/2018, Daniel was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana and lived in Accra with her family. She taught print and broadcast journalism to graduate students and assisted them with producing a live radio news show. She also started an oral history project on journalists who worked during Ghana’s transition from a dictatorship to a democratic republic. A Fulbright Regional Travel Award allowed her to teach journalism seminars at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. 

Daniel is married to Ben Boone, a composer, jazz saxophonist and professor at Fresno State. They have two teenage sons who attend Edison High School.

Coming up on Valley Edition: Big changes for high-speed rail. The state may divert some of the funds to Bay Area and Southern California transportation projects. Meanwhile, what about all the rail easements on farmland in the Valley? Are farmers getting reimbursed?  

Later, what role did corporate greed, mismanaged forests and sprawling development have on the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state? We talk to journalist Mark Arax.

When it comes to the 2020 census, why are some San Joaquin Valley communities among the country’s hardest to count? We explore what some advocates are doing to reach those who may have never been counted before.

Volunteers also share how they’re working to improve the quality of life for the 2,600 foster kids in Fresno and Madera Counties.

Plus, we speak with doctors trying to improve health care for the LGBTQ+ community, and we hear from a panel of water leaders about the latest in a statewide attempt to better manage groundwater.

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Renowned PBS Filmmaker Ken Burns will visit the Valley next week as part of a national tour to preview and discuss his most recent long-form documentary “Country Music.”

The Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow will make stops July 25th at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno and July 26th at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield. I spoke with Burns about the role the San Joaquin Valley plays in what composer Harlan Howard described as “three chords and the truth.”

On this week’s Valley Edition: The emmy award winning filmmaker Ken Burns is coming to Fresno and Bakersfield next week. He tells us about his newest project Country Music, including his take on one of Oildale’s finest, Merle Haggard.

Also on the heels of the Ridgecrest earthquakes, a producer from KPCC takes us inside their podcast about quakes called ‘The Big One.’

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Iconic names such as the Ahwahnee Hotel and Badger Pass are returning to Yosemite National Park signaling the end of a lengthy lawsuit over the park’s trademark names. 

 

The lawsuit was filed back in 2016 by the park’s former concessionaire Delaware North claiming it owned the rights to trademark names like the Wawona Hotel and Curry Village. But a settlement reached Monday means the federal government and the current concessionaire Aramark will pay Delaware North close to $12 million to return the names to the park. 

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 And now for the Weekend: Some people take road trips on their days off -- and some people take to the air --  pilots flying their private planes from one city airport to another -- maybe to log some hours or just get a great view of the Sierra Nevada. And if they’re lucky, there’s an airport cafe where they can grab a bite to eat. I spoke with Charlotte Scott, the owner of the Runway Cafe at the Woodlake Airport, about an hour southeast of Fresno. She says people used to fly there for the $100 burger.

On the next Valley Edition: Fresno ranks low in terms of park access and acreage. But a grassroots movement is hoping to change that with citizens building their own parks. 

We also look at rural Tulare County as environmental justice groups showcase their efforts to improve water and air quality. And, we go on the road with some people whose California Dream is living in a van.

Later, we talk about student absence. It’s worse in rural areas, so what are some districts doing? 

On this week’s Valley Edition: He hadn’t been to Fresno in 78 years, but this week Walter Imahara visited the site of the Fresno Assembly Center. It’s where he and his family were sent first before going to an internment camp in Arkansas. 

Later, what if you’re a low income, first generation college student? Where do you turn to get the mentoring and support you need? We meet students who are finding assistance with a program at Fresno City College. 

Courtesy of Ryan Burk

Members of Fresno’s wheelchair powered soccer team, the Central Valley Ghostriderz, have just returned from this year’s 2019 MK Battery Conference Cup Series in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Team members Buddy Elias and Alex Voss and Coach Frank Cornell spoke with FM89’s News Director Alice Daniel about their third place win in their division and the teamwork required to hit and control the ball using wheelchairs.

On this week’s Valley Edition: Today on our show, stories about identity: how do you be yourself when others assume you’re something else? We talk to a transgender person about what it’s like to work while transitioning. And we hear from athletes who play competitive soccer in wheelchairs. And what’s behind gang violence in Fresno? Can it be curbed with an innovative program?

Courtesy of Cindy Wathen

Today in our studio producer Cindy Wathen and filmmaker David Kennedy -- two of their short films, Red Watch and The Blessing and the Curse, have been garnering all kinds of awards on the film festival circuit. Just last week, they won best experimental film at the New York Shorts International Film Festival for their spoken word short film Red Watch.

Coutesy Andrea De Zubiria

 Maybe you’ve heard about the case Juliana v. United States in which 21 young people are suing the federal government for not protecting their right to a safe and livable climate. Well, young people all over are taking a stand against climate change. Just last week, three Valley teenagers were in Washington, D.C. with the grassroots organization Citizens Climate Lobby.

On this week’s Valley Edition:  Why is it so difficult to find childcare in the Valley? One university looks to high school students as part of the solution.

Sometimes it’s hard to find good healthcare too, especially if you’re living in a rural area. We look at one local hospital’s efforts to increase rural access to doctors. We also talk about what it means that Fresno State’s nursing master’s program just lost its accreditation. And we catch up with three Valley teenagers lobbying their representatives in Washington, D.C. for climate change reform.

Tamela Ryatt

Sunnyside High School photography students are in the process of pasting nearly one hundred poster-sized photos of  smiling teenagers on a Fresno Unified building downtown.

The building is the Department of Prevention and Intervention. Families with school-age kids come here when they’re in crisis.

“Either due to discipline problems, attendance, we oversee services for foster and homeless youth, some teacher training, mentoring, social work for the district,” says Executive Director Ambra Dorsey.

This week on Valley Edition: Rates of domestic violence appear to be climbing in the Central Valley. How pervasive is it, and what’s behind the increase? We bring you the story of one survivor whose abuser was a Clovis cop.

We also hear from mental health educators who work with high schoolers and other youth. Kids are learning the signs of mental illness, and if a career in mental health is for them.

Later, we talk about a festival brewing in Lemoore, and it’s all about lagers, IPAs, and ales to name a few.

Carla Chancellor / Valley Public Radio

 

Welcome to the Weekend, a new segment where we find out what people in the San Joaquin Valley do for fun when they have a little time off. Today we hear from Carla Chancellor. She's a retired teacher who lives in the foothills town of Springville. About eight months ago, she took up ballroom dancing. She liked it so much that she started a “Dancing in the South Valley” Meetup and Facebook page.

Listen to the interview above to learn more.

This week on Valley Edition: We’ve moved from Tuesdays to Fridays!

 

A Los Banos mother explains why she became an activist for the multiracial movement, and in Merced, we talk to high schoolers about a mental health class they initiated.

In Bakersfield, an unusual event uses games and humor to encourage attendees to think about what they want - after they die.

Alice Daniel

Leo Price didn’t know he would be chosen to ask a question of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg until minutes before the last segment of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, which aired live at Fresno State Monday.

“They just came up to me right before and they said ‘It’s your turn. Come up,’” said the 14-year-old Edison Computech student.

“Leo Price, last question sir,” Matthews said to Price who had been directed to stand in front of a microphone set out for audience questions.

Courtesy of Jordan Mattox

In our studio today, a group of students from Wilson Middle School in Chowchilla and one of their  teachers, Jordan Mattox. Together, they’ve created a podcast that delivers the goods when it comes to discussions about everything from stress to homework, from social media to school fights. It’s called Welcome to Middle School.

On this week’s Valley Edition: The Trump Administration has come one step closer to allowing fracking on some federal lands in the Valley. We’ll dive into the plan - and find out how locals feel about it.

Also, a 2020 ballot measure could generate more revenue for schools and public services, but one county office worries, implementation will be costly. And later, we talk to middle school students from Chowchilla about a podcast they created.

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.

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