Ezra David Romero

Reporter and Producer

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.

Romero has worked with Valley Public Radio for just under three years. He landed at KVPR after interning with Al Jazeera English during the 2012 presidential election. His series ‘Voices of the Drought’ using the hashtag #droughtvoices has garnered over 1 million impressions on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. It's also resulted in two photography exhibits and a touring pop-up gallery traveling across California. Stories affiliated with #droughtvoices have run locally, statewide and on national air. 

In June he was awarded a first place radio award by the Fresno County Farm Bureau for a piece on the nation’s first agricultural hackathon.

In early 2015, he was awarded two prestigious Golden Mike Awards through the RTNA of Southern California for a piece on budding tech in Central California and a story on Spanish theater. Valley Edition, the show Romero produces, was named for the best Public Affairs Program for 2013 by the RTNDA of Northern California. 

He’s a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he studied journalism (digital media) and geography. He has worked for the Fresno Bee covering police, elections, government and higher education. In 2012 he was a Gruner Award finalist for his 13-part Sanger Herald series on obesity in Sanger, Calif. 

In his spare time, Romero hikes the Sierra Nevada, takes road trips to the Pacific Coast and frequently visits ice cream shops.

Ways to Connect

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Federal officials say water from Friant Dam may connect to the ocean this summer.  But some people aren’t so sure it’ll happen.

As part of one of the largest restoration projects in the country groups will begin working this summer to fully connect water flowing out of Friant Dam in the San Joaquin River to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to the ocean.

“It’s going to look like a small stream, a couple of inches, maybe a foot or more in some deeper pools,” says Alicia Forsythe with the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.

StoryCorps Legacy

Regular listeners to NPR are familiar with the concept of the Segment StoryCorps. The organization records thousands of conversations between family members and loved ones each year. Through the group’s StoryCorps Legacy program, the organization works with hospice organizations across the country, including Hinds Hospice in Fresno. In this story Art and Roze Wille interview each other about their son Hendrix who died from complications from leukemia.

ARTHUR WILLE: “Hendrix was born November 12, 2009. I just remember how big he was.”

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There are 25 candidates who hope to become the next mayor of Bakersfield, including a hula-hoop instructor, a tattoo artist and a former Kern County Supervisor.

Karen Goh is the latter, as well as the President and CEO of the local non-profit Garden Pathways, and a former publishing executive. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her vision for Kern County’s largest city.   

To listen to the interview click play above. 

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Jeremy Pearce is no stranger to big crowds or bright lights, even though he is a newcomer when it comes to running for political office. As one of the San Joaquin Valley’s top Elvis tribute artists, Pearce knows his way around a stage.

He now hopes to parlay his fame as an entertainer into a seat on the Fresno City Council representing District 6, in Northeast Fresno. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his vision for the city in issues from how to pay for hiring more cops, to downtown revitalization to homelessness. 

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The first week in May is Historic Preservation Week in Fresno, with a host of activities that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.

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This week on Valley Edition Ezra David Romero reports on efforts to save the Tricolored Blackbird. KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the effort to revive Fresno's Manchester Mall. Fresno City Council Candidate Jeremy Pearce also joins the program. Later Bakersfield Mayoral Candidate Karen Gho chats with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore.

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Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find. Both bird enthusiasts and farmers are working to keep the colorful bird from extinction.

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Gardening is a popular hobby. Many people are in their yards right now working on their flowers and plants. The premiere Master Gardeners of Fresno County are holding a spring tour to show off their green thumbs Saturday April 23.

"This tour is all about learning and that is what we do,"  says Chris Hays who has been with the Master Gardener program for 17 years. "We have six gardens on the tour this year, but we also invite everyone to come to the public garden, The Garden of the Sun.

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Holly Carter wants to replace Lee Brand on the Fresno City Council.  

"I never wanted to run for office, I actually still don't want to run for office," Carters says. "It's more of a gravitational pull."

Over the next few weeks KVPR will be talking with all three of the candidates who want to fill the District 6 seat on the council representing North Fresno. In this interview Valley Edition Host Joe Moore chats with Carter, a local businesswoman and cancer survivor, who runs her own marketing firm. 

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David Mas Masumoto starts with a question when talking about the new documentary about his family's farm. He asks, "How many harvests do you have left?"

The Masumoto family is known throughout the country as one of the nations foremost producers of organic peaches. But also known for their literary pursuits and intellectual pursuits which combine in this new documentary "Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm."

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