Ezra David Romero

Reporter and Producer

Ezra David Romero is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he studied journalism (digital media) and geography. He has worked for the Fresno Bee and was an intern at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C. During his undergraduate education, Romero worked as a news intern with Valley Public Radio, where he produced news reports for the station. In 2012 he was a Gruner Award finalist for his 13-part Sanger Herald series on obesity in Sanger, Calif. Also in 2012, Romero was awarded a grant and internship with the California Newspaper Publishers Association where he worked for the Fresno Bee as a general assignment reporter covering police, elections, government and higher education. 

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Air Quality
4:24 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Would You Build A Park Next To A Freeway? Fresno May Build Two

The group says parks next to freeways are a risk to children’s health and that direct exposure to exhaust can lead to higher rates of asthma, diabetes and gastrointestinal disease.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

With the final vote for the Fresno General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report just around the corner, activists are appealing for changes to the plan that could potentially alter the health of children in the region. 

A group of activists an    d health leaders met today at the site of a proposed new park in Northwest Fresno near Highway 99 to protest what they call a big problem with the city's proposed new general plan. Their concern - this park and another would be built next to busy freeways - and the polluted air that comes from them.

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Jazz
12:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Eva Scow Presents Her Third Annual Crescent Concert Sunday

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Jazz and world music mandolin artist Eva Scow will bring her unique blend of music to Fresno’s Fulton 55 for her annual Crescent Concert this Sunday.

The event will feature Scow’s band The Experience, as well as Brazilian pop/funk band Boca de Rio and jazz singer Sara Cabral.

Scow joined KVPR for a live broadcast in the Bonner Performing Arts Center with bassist Patrick Olvera and guitarist Mike Taylor. 

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Health
12:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

On Valley Edition: Valley Children's Hospital CEO Todd Suntrapak

Valley Children's Hospital CEO Todd Suntrapak.
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Last week the valley’s only pediatric hospital announced some big changes, starting with a new name – Children’s Hospital Central California is now returning the name it had from 1950’s through the early 2000’s Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Valley Edition
11:29 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 16 - Dairies Leaving California; Valley Children's Hospital; Crescent Concert

Valley Edition Dec. 16, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we a take a look at why some dairies are leaving California for what they say are greener pastures in the Midwest. Also on the program you'll hear the story of a once homeless female veteran who now helps homeless veterans in Fresno.

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Agriculture
9:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

California Dairies Look To Midwest’s Greener Pastures

Brian Azevedo says that if he kept his family dairy in California he would most likely have to change careers.
Credit Ezra David Romero

This is the first story in a two-part series reported in partnership with Harvest Public Media. The second story explores why a Chino family moved to Nebraska a few years back: "Midwest Recruiting California Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy."

 

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Health
12:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Obamacare Discussion on Valley Edition: One Year After The Rollout

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January 1st will mark the first anniversary of the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

At the heart of the landmark health law is the idea that by reducing the number of uninsured, Americans will get healthier thanks to regular checkups. Planners have hoped that would result in fewer chronic conditions that drive up health care costs for everyone. 

It may be a simple idea, but implementing the incredibly complex law was anything but easy, and so far it’s been filled with plenty of highs and lows.

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Valley Edition
12:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

How Effective Are Grand Juries? We Ask Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver

Superior Court of California, Fresno County
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The recent killings of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson Missouri and New York City have brought the issue of race and law enforcement to the headlines.

But they’ve also brought the ancient institution of the grand jury to the national spotlight, after similar bodies in both states declined to bring charges against the officers involved.

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Valley Edition
11:36 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 9 - Grand Jury; ACA One Year Later; Fresno Christmas Parade

Valley Edition Dec. 9, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition host Joe Moore speaks with Fresno Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver about the relevancy of the grand jury system in lieu of the activities in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Environment
3:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Nature Preserve To Open in Tulare County

Blue Oak Ranch
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Central California is home to some of the state’s most beautiful areas from Yosemite Valley to high sierra lakes to rolling foothills.

Lovers of that last topography have something to cheer about this winter as a new nature preserve in Tulare County is about to open to the public for the first time. It’s called Blue Oak Ranch and it’s located near Springville.

We talked about what this preserve means to the valley with Ann Huber of the Sequoia Riverlands Trust. Listen to the interview above.

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Government & Politics
3:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

On Valley Edition: Mexican Consul, Lawyer Discuss Local Impact Of Obama's Executive Action

Credit Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

President Obama’s recent announcement that he will take new Executive Action on undocumented immigrants is already reverberating throughout the valley’s large immigrant communities.

The President’s executive order would affect around 4 million people who entered the country illegally before 2010, and have children who are either US Citizens or have green cards. It’s a similar order to one the President issued in 2012 regarding children who were brought to the country illegally by their parents, in that those who meet the requirements would be protected from deportations.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Valley Edition: Will Proposed EPA Limits To Ozone Pollution Safeguard The Valley?

Credit Joe Moore

Last week the US Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan that would set a new more stringent rule for the amount of ozone pollution in the air. The proposal is based on new research on the health effects of ozone pollution.   

In fact, the EPA says if adopted, the new rule could prevent as many as 4,300 premature deaths nationwide in the next decade. But it has been met with controversy. Republicans and business groups say the positive health benefits are outweighed by the cost of complying with the new rule, some have gone as far as to call it “nearly impossible.”

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Valley Edition
1:45 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 2 - Immigration Talk; Rain; Air Quality; New Nature Preserve

Valley Edition December 2, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we talk about immigration and the President's executive action with San Joaquin College of Law's Jessica Smith Bobadilla and Vicente Sanchez Ventura, the Consul of Mexico in Fresno

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Theatre
4:26 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Theatre: "In And Out Of Shadows" Highlights The Lives Of Undocumented Teens

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In December a new play will take the stage at Fresno City College and it has a special connection to the community – it’s a musical by Fresno City College alumnus and acclaimed author Gary Soto. He joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore for or a conversation about the play. 

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Drought
3:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

When Will The Taps Run Dry? Groundwater Discussion On Valley Edition

Changes in total water storage in California from NASA GRACE.
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Parts of Central California have been hit especially hard by the drought, and specifically the dropping water table beneath the ground. But as California farms and cities lean more and more on their aquifers, many are concerned that more and more wells will go dry.

This is not a new story. Huge portions of the San Joaquin Valley have actually dropped due to massive pumping of water from the ground dating back to the 1920’s. The question is – when will the taps run dry.

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Valley Edition
3:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Valley Edition: Nov. 25 - Groundwater; "In And Out of Shadows"; A Valley Thanksgiving

Valley Edition November 25, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on the latest development for the drought-stricken town of East Porterville: they now have showers.  Also on the program Bakersfield Californian’s Lois Henry and UC Irvine’s James Famiglietti discuss groundwater and the future of the state.

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Drought
1:47 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Drought-Stricken Valley Town Gets Hot Showers

Gilberto Sandoval, 81, lives across the street from the church where the showers are installed.
Credit Ezra David Romro / Valley Public Radio

Drought conditions in parts of Central California have become so harsh that it’s normal to turn on the tap have no coming out.  A few months ago we brought you the story of East Porterville where more than 600 homes are without water because their household wells have dried up. Now, some of the town’s residents will have access to something they haven’t had in months. 

The last time Gilberto Sandoval took a warm shower was over a month ago.

“I’ve  been without running water for the last three months,” Sandoval says. “ No water whatsoever.”

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Music
1:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Visalia, A Woman's Dream Fuses Together Mariachi And Opera

"El Bracero" is a story of love and struggle told through opera and mariachi.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

There are only a few towns in Central California with their own opera companies and even fewer creating new art forms. In Visalia, a director has brought mariachi and opera together to form an original mariachi opera called “El Bracero.” In this story FM89’s Ezra David Romero meets the opera’s creator and discovers a new art form that weaves together elements of love and struggle.

Mariachi is very important to the Latino community. The Mexican folk music is played at quinceaneras, weddings and celebrations of all sorts. But rarely is it heard in the world of opera, until now.

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Valley Edition
11:20 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Valley Edition: Nov. 18- Mariachi Opera; Ventura Street; "Beyond Luck;" Japanese Fall Color Festival

Valley Edition November 18, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Ezra David Romero reports on the fusion of mariachi and opera in Visalia.  Also on the show reporter Diana Aguilera reports from Dinuba where Covered California is focusing outreach efforts on the Latino community. But the only problem is that many don't quality for coverage.

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Community
11:17 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Could Fresno's Ventura Avenue Transform Into a "Better Block?"

Ventura Avenue in Southwest Fresno was transformed Saturday into a "Better Block."
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There’s a lot of talk in Fresno about revitalization of downtown. But residents in other parts of the city, including Southeast Fresno also are eager to see an injection of new life and revitalization.

Recently a coalition of organizations held an event that sought to show what a revitalized Ventura Avenue and Kings Canyon Road would look like. 

Their project created pop-up “parklets” and temporary crosswalks, landscaping and other amenities to demonstrate how small changes can make a streetscape more pedestrian friendly.

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Community
11:09 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Japanese Fall Color Festival This Saturday At Woodward Park

The Japanese Fall Color Festival is held every year at Shinzen Japanese Garden in Woodward Park in Fresno.
Credit Shinzen Japanese Garden

After what seemed like an endless summer, fall is finally. That means chilly temperatures, Tule fog, and hopefully some more rain. It also means fall colors, and there are few places in the Valley that offer a more dramatic fall experience than the tranquil beauty of Fresno’s Shinzen Japanese Garden in Woodward Park, which comes alive with a brilliant display of colors every November. The garden will host its annual Japanese Fall Color Festival this Saturday.

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