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Valley Edition: September 22 - Forest Service; John Ellis; Figs; Bakersfield College; Jane Chu

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This week on Valley Edition we hear report a story from Amy Quinton about how the US Forest Service is preventing its own scientists from talking about a study. Later VE Host Joe Moore interviews the Fresno Bee's John Ellis about national, state and local politics. 

Also on the program, FM89's Ezra David Romero reports on how the fig industry has transitioned with shrinking acreage, decreased demand for dry figs, an increased desire for fresh figs and now drought. We also hear from Bakersfield Californian Reporter Lauren Foreman about Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian's salary and the rumors around it. 

Ending the program KVPR Reporter Jeffrey Hess interviews Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, on a recent trip to Central California. 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of KVPR / Valley Public Radio. He has led the station through major programming changes, the launch of KVPR Classical and the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership the station was named California Non-Profit of the Year by Senator Melissa Hurtado (2019), and won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting (2022).
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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