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Valley Edition - February 18, 2022 - Youth literacy, Kern County crop irrigation, Art Song Festival

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On this week’s Valley Edition: an education researcher shares the surprising ways the pandemic may have benefited youth literacy.

Plus, a reporter at Inside Climate News questions whether irrigating Kern County crops using water produced during oil and gas extraction is as safe as the state says it is.

And in a celebration of music and poetry, Fresno State’s Art Song Festival returns live in person.

Listen to these stories and more in the podcast above.

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Madi Bolanos is the immigration and underserved communities reporter at KVPR. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border. Originally from Fresno, she is happy to be back reporting on important issues in the San Joaquin Valley.
Alice Daniel is News Director for KVPR. 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.
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.
Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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.