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.

On this week’s Valley Edition: More than half of California’s olive groves are right here in the San Joaquin Valley. But Tulare County growers say that with a major olive cannery set to buy more Spanish olives, the future for olive production looks grim.   

Plus, it’s Women’s History Month. We sat down with three young, dynamic leaders to ask about the women who inspire them.

And later, we learn more about President Trump’s plans to rewrite rules that govern water allocations and infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley.  

Alice Daniel

More than half of California’s olive groves are right here in the San Joaquin Valley. But Tulare County growers say that with a major olive cannery set to buy more Spanish olives, the future for olive production looks grim.   

Alice Daniel

How do teachers even become interested in teaching, how do districts recruit them and what goes into trying to hire teachers that reflect the diversity of Valley classrooms? Today in the studio, moderator Kathleen Schock speaks with Tamela Ryatt, a photography teacher who just won Fresno Unified’s high school Educator of the Year, Laura Alamillo, Interim Dean of the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State and Tiffany Samuel, who works in teacher development for Fresno Unified.

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For many adults, public speaking is terrifying. Well, the Peach Blossom Festival at Fresno State helps thousands of elementary school students each year tackle this fear early on by performing -- and interpreting -- poems and stories to an audience. Valley Public Radio’s Alice Daniel has this audio postcard from a classroom in Dinuba prepping for the festival. It takes place March 14th and 15th.

On this week’s Valley Edition: The Valley air district is facing scrutiny for how it manages pollution from local industries. Air quality advocates wonder: How well is the program working?

Plus, Fresno County is considering the Voter’s Choice Act Model for the 2020 election, which could mean fewer polling locations, but more days to cast your ballot. We’ll hear from one neighboring county that’s already made the switch.

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Fresno's 10 day Rogue Fest is one of the longest running fringe festivals in the world and it's happening this week in the Tower District. There's music, theater, dance, spoken word and magic. We asked three Rogue performers to join us live in our studio: Marcel Nunis, the founder of Rogue, Heather Parish, the former executive director and Donna Kay Yarborough, a returning performer from Portland, Oregon. 

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Late in 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the Visalia Unified School District for violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act. According to the ACLU, African American students said their white peers referred to them as slaves and joked about hanging them from trees. Two reporters from the Visalia Times Delta decided to look back at the city’s racially charged past starting with a Ku Klux Klan convention in 1931. We spoke with reporters James Ward and Calley Cederlof.

On this week’s Valley Edition: There’s no summer school for kids in Bakersfield this year. We ask the superintendent why not. Plus, a new report details the poor living conditions of detention centers in California, but some immigration attorneys say keeping Mesa Verde open in Bakersfield is a good thing.

And later, one of the longest running fringe festivals is happening right now in Fresno. We talk to the founder of Rogue Fest, and hear from some of the performers.

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And now we’re going to introduce you to some people whose families have been in the Valley for a century or more. Moderator Kathleen Schock talks to two other long-time Fresnans, Dorythea Cooley-Williams and Anne Lopez Gaston about the obstacles and hard work their families faced that allowed later generations to prosper. They’re joined by Fresno State historian Michael Eissinger.

On this week's Valley Edition: The history of African Americans in the San Joaquin Valley - what were the early days like for those who blazed a trail for future generations?  

And forget the movie - why the real-life Green Book was necessary for helping African Americans travel safely - even here in California.


Plus: black farm worker families in the 1950s - did they find a better life from their years in the South?


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Since 2006, California has been releasing periodic reports on how the state should adapt to the potential impacts of climate change. The most recent report is unique in that it also looks at key climate risks from a regional perspective. Our news director Alice Daniel recently spoke with Joshua Viers, a watershed scientist at UC Merced and one of the authors of the San Joaquin Valley assessment.  

On this week’s Valley Edition: Highlights from this year’s World Ag Expo, including technology that aligns with California’s clean energy goals. We also revisit a Navy Veteran who was facing deportation proceedings, but now might be off the hook.

Plus: Stranger than fiction? We go inside an explosive report linking election meddling and a secretive Israeli intelligence agency to a hospital in Tulare.

Later, we’ll speak with a Fresno-born composer whose work helped earn the Mary Poppins reboot an Oscar nomination.

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Last week we spoke with writers Nikiko Masumoto and Brynn Saito about their Yonsei Memory Project. For the past several months, they’ve been working with artists, teachers and others on how to tell personal stories about social injustice in front of an audience. It's all part of a greater effort to get people talking about civil liberties struggles going back to the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. On Feb. 9, the storytellers shared their work at Fresno State. We’d like to play some excerpts starting with one called Expectations.

On this week’s Valley Edition: We look at how pesticides may be contributing to honey bee deaths, and what that means for the $3 billion dollar almond industry. We also look at how the bankruptcy filing from utility provider PG&E could derail the state’s renewable energy goals.

Later, we take some time to explore the arts and culture scene by visiting an art gallery in Bakersfield and talking to a Fresno writer with a new collection of poems.

Sometimes courageous, noble, hard-working people grab the headlines -- but most of the time their work goes unnoticed by the public. They’re the teachers, organizers, artists, and more who help to make places like Fresno better. Well, now some of these local heros are being celebrated -- in a new portrait series that opens at Arthop Thursday Feb. 7 and runs for three months at Bitwise South Stadium. The show is called Unmasked and it’s the brainchild of photographer Enrique Meza and Bitwise CEO and co-founder Jake Soberal .

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On Saturday Feb. 9, a group of writers, educators and artists will tell personal stories about social injustice in front of an audience at Fresno State's Madden Library from 2-4 p.m.. It’s called Storytelling for Change and it’s part of a larger effort to get people talking about present day civil liberties struggles and how they connect to the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. We recently spoke to Brynn Saito and Nikiko Masumoto, the architects of The Yonsei Memory Project.

On this week’s Valley Edition: The federal government issued deportation orders to a veteran who served six years in the Navy. He’s got a checkered past, but he says he’s making up for it. We also look at an unusual business started by a Valley native that some say glorifies the crimes of serial killers.

Plus: It’s been a year and a half since the City of Fresno banned camping in order to reduce its homeless population. Tent cities are less common but is the ban helping or hurting those most in need?

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For our occasional series, Over 80, Under 20, we talk to people at least 60 years apart about their personal experiences and their views on the world around them. We’re curious how generation gaps - big ones - play out in real life. For this segment, you'll hear from 83-year-old Mary Alice Sanders and her grandson, 19-year-old Ellis Flowers. I spoke with them in Mary Alice’s home in rural Fresno County.

Courtesy Luba Lukova

Luba Lukova is a New York-based artist and designer whose work conveys powerful messages about social injustice with an aim toward creating empathy and action. Lukova’s travelling art show, Designing Justice, opens Jan. 31 at Fresno State’s Conley Art Gallery. The exhibition is presented by the Center for Creativity and the Arts and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Design.


This week on Valley Edition: We hear from the widow of a police officer who took his life last year. Now, she’s telling his story to bring attention to a leading cause of death among law enforcement.

Plus: We talk to a grandmother and a grandson - she’s 83, he’s 19 - about their takes on life, love and aging. They're part of our new occasional series, Over 80, Under 20.