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On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Congressman Costa; Book Club; 'Home For The Holidays' Jazz Concert

Ezra David Romero
Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we take a look at the effect of fires on the Sierra Nevada. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero visits multiple groves scorched by fires - caused naturally and by the human hand - and speaks with ecologists about the future of the forest burned by the Rim Fire. Gray George, a reporter with the Calaveras Enterprise joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore in a discussion about logging in the Rim Fire burn area.

Also in the show, Moore speaks with Congressman Jim Costa about logging, the farm bill, the budget and more.

Later in the program FM89 Reporter Rebecca Plevin interviews Dinuba native Manuel Munoz about his book ‘What You See in the Dark.” The interview is part of KVPR’s Book Club ‘Homegrown.’ The novel follows a director and actress who arrive in Bakersfield in the late 1950s to film a movie at a motel along the old Highway 99. 

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Ending the show, Moore speaks with Fresno Philharmonic Executive Director Stephen Wilson and local jazz singer Karen Marguth about the Fresno Philharmonic jazz inspired Home for the Holidays concert. The show takes place Saturday Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Rebecca Plevin was a reporter for Valley Public Radio from 2013-2014. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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