Kathleen Schock

Valley Edition host

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.  

A Fresno native, Kathleen has a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Fresno State.

Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and communications. Her background includes working as a News Associate for NBC News in New York and as a general assignment reporter for KGPE in Fresno.

In addition to her work at Valley Public Radio, Kathleen teaches journalism at Fresno City College and serves as the advisor of The Rampage, the college’s student-run newspaper.

In her free time, Kathleen likes to cook, read and explore our local national parks. She lives in Fresno with her husband Carey and step-daughter Sydney.

TJ Cox campaign and Kathleen Schock

David Valadao is fighting to win back the congressional seat he narrowly lost to Congressman TJ Cox in 2018. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with both candidates about some of the key issues facing the district. 

Kathleen Schock

Fresno mayoral candidate Jerry Dyer came to the studio to talk with FM89's Kathleen Schock about his priorities for the city and the politically polarized nature of the campaign.

 

On this week’s Valley Edition: With Tuesday’s primary election just days away, we look at what’s at stake for those down ballot races, and what some candidates are doing to turn out voters. And we sit down with Fresno mayoral candidate Jerry Dyer.

Plus: We hear from an Armenian oud master who is helping to preserve the history of Armenian-American music in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above. 

On this week’s Valley Edition: We sit down with candidates Jim Costa and Esmerelda Soria to talk policy and politics as both vye for the 16th Congressional District seat.

 

Plus, you’ve heard her as a panelist on ‘Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!’ the NPR news quiz show: this weekend, comedian Paula Poundstone is coming to Fresno. The standup comic tells us why improvisation is key to a good show. 

We also ask if community efforts to clean up the San Joaquin Valley’s dirty air are working.

Soria for Congress and Costa for Congress

As the race to represent the 16th congressional district heats up between incumbent Jim Costa and fellow democrat Esmeralda Soria, both candidates stopped by the KVPR studio to talk with FM89's Kathleen Schock about the key issues facing the district, and the attention grabbing television ads from the Costa campaign.  

On this week's Valley Edition: There's only one proposition on the ballot this year, Proposition 13. Some say it will deepen state debt, while others think it’s the fix for California’s aging schools.

Plus: We’ll speak to a California native who served in two presidential cabinets. Secretary Norman Mineta was pivotal in convincing the U.S. government to formally apologize to Japanese Americans after their internment during World War II. 

 

UC Merced

The stereotype that black people do not swim is pervasive, despite the rich aquatic culture that enslaved West Africans brought to the colonies. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with UC Merced history professor Kevin Dawson about that largely forgotten history, and the intersection of swimming, race and power in America.

Julie Boesch

The sole proposition before voters in March is Proposition 13, a $15 billion bond that would help to upgrade the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities. FM89's Kathleen Schock talked about the measure’s potential impact, and its confusion with the 1970s property tax law, with Calmatters reporter Ricardo Cano, Fresno State political science professor Jeff Cummins, and Julie Boesch, Superintendent of Maple Elementary School District in Kern County.

On this week’s Valley Edition: The valley’s rich cultural diversity is an asset, but what if you’re a farmer, and important safety videos aren’t made in a language you understand? We hear from a team of educators producing a series of training videos in Hmong. 

Plus, the legacy of a Fresno resident who used baseball to break down barriers, even when he was interned during World War II. Now he’s been nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Also, we’ll hear from more candidates running for mayor of Fresno. 

Fresno Rainbow Pride

On Saturday, February 8, Fresno Rainbow Pride will crown the new Mr., Miss and Mizz Fresno Rainbow Pride 2020 and celebrate the current title holders. The event is a fundraiser for the 30th Annual Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with Fresno Rainbow Pride volunteer coordinator Tracie Cisneros about the event, and the importance of ball culture to the LGBTQ+ community.

Alice Daniel

While Jerry Dyer and Andrew Janz are the frontrunners in the race to become mayor of Fresno, they are among a field of 7 candidates vying for the job. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with Brian Jefferson, Richard Renteria and Nickolas Wildstar about the experience of running as outsiders and their vision for Fresno.

Alice Daniel

With one month to go before California's March primary, FM89's Kathleen Schock discussed the Fresno mayoral race with GV Wire News Director Bill McEwen, West Hills College Political Science Professor Nick Gera, and Fresno Bee columnist Marek Warszawski.

On this week’s Valley Edition: It’s been two and a half months since the mass shooting in a Fresno backyard that killed four members of the Hmong American community. We speak to mental health providers helping family members heal. 

Casey Beck

Contaminated water has flown from faucets in Tooleville, a small community in Tulare County, since the 1980s. "The Great Water Divide: California's Water Crisis" is a new documentary that follows the residents' efforts to connect to neighboring Exeter's water supply. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke to the filmmaker, Casey Beck, and Tooleville resident Ben Cuevas Martinez. 

Alice Daniel

Two and a half months ago, four members of the Hmong community died in a mass shooting in Fresno. As the victims’ loved ones continue to process their feelings of anger and loss, The Fresno Center has provided counseling and support programs. Now it’s expanding its efforts thanks to an $80,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. FM89's Kathleen Schock spoke with psychologist Dr. Ghia Xiong from The Fresno Center along with licensed marriage and family therapist Ana Boydstun from Kaiser  Permanente about the ongoing work to help the community heal.

Mollie's House

We’ve just heard on Valley Edition how several agencies are working to reduce human trafficking in the Valley. Now we’re going to turn to the story of a survivor.

A young woman, who asked to be identified only as Hazel, spoke with Valley Public Radio's Kathleen Schock about her journey from forced prostitution to safety. Hazel also discussed the support she receives from the faith-based nonprofit Mollie's House, whose founder, Torella McAllister Minor, joined in the conversation.  

Fresno EOC

California is one of the nation’s top states for human trafficking, a complex crime that is difficult to combat. But in the Central Valley, nonprofits are working with law enforcement to tackle the issue from multiple perspectives. Valley Public Radio's Kathleen Schock spoke with Sarah Johnson from the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and Jessica Pittman from the Central Valley Justice Coalition about the work taking place to end this widespread problem.

This week on Valley Edition: January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We talk to people on the front lines tackling this complex problem. 

Plus, elections are changing in Fresno County as it adopts the Voters Choice Model. Madera County is also using that model, so ahead of this year’s primary, we ask the county clerks what local voters need to know.

And later, we hear from one of the nation’s leading researchers on chronic absence in schools.  

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.

On this week's Valley Edition: Doctors find an unconventional way to treat severe valley fever - it's the extraordinary story of a 4-year-old boy and a medical mystery. 

And writer Lisa Lee Herrick tells us how the Hmong New Year has evolved from a traditional harvest celebration to something much bigger - and why Fresno’s festivities continue to draw huge international crowds. We also hear from Fresno mayoral candidate Andrew Janz.

  

Alice Daniel

Fresno mayoral candidate Andrew Janz came to the studio to discuss his campaign strategy and vision for the city ahead of California’s March 3 primary. Janz is facing former Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

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