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 January he was awarded a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association for Southern California for this series. He beat out some of the largest radio stations in the state.

In 2015 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

http://tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies/index.cfm/drought/drought-effects-status-updates/2016/november/week-of-november-28-2016/

Tulare County is perhaps the hardest hit region of the state when it comes to drought. Today there are almost 600 dry domestic wells in the county alone. Now the board of supervisors there is considering whether the county needs an emergency groundwater ordinance to help stop wells from going dry. Supervisors looked at a number of options Tuesday. They included adopting a law like Stanislaus County has limiting new development and the introduction of new land into farming; and new rules on...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we are joined by CVObserver contributor George Hostetter . He chats with VE host Joe Moore about what Fresno Mayor-elect Lee Brand's time as mayor could look like. KVPR Reporter Jeffrey chats about the future of oil in Kern County. Ending the program VE host Joe Moore speaks with Washington Post Reporter Darryl Fears about his piece addressing discrimination and sexual harassment within the Forest Service.

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A new study calls for more freshwater to make it from Valley rivers all the way to the San Francisco Bay Delta. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports. -- The Bay Institute found that flows from Central Valley rivers into the bay is less than half of what it could be if river diversions weren’t in play. Bay Institute Scientist Jon Rosenfield says these water diversions for agriculture and cities has serious ramifications for marine ecosystems. “It’s natural that people would look to agriculture to...

Kerry Klein/Valley Public Radio

In our last episode we brought you to Mono Hot Springs in Sierra National Forest. This time, we discuss hiking with dogs and we explore a not-so-visited grove of giant sequoias. In this episode we talk less about humans and more about our pets: specifically, dogs. N either of us (Kerry or Ezra) has dogs but hiking with them looks like a lot of fun. Our friends also talk about how tough it can be to find dog-friendly hiking spots and to keep them safe. So this episode is all about where to...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess reports on a new vision for Southwest Fresno when it comes to heavy industry. We're also joined by Armen Bacon about her new book " My Name is Armen - Outside the Lines, volume II ." We also hear from Doug Hansen about his children's book " California, the Magic Island ." Ending the program KVPR reporters Ezra David Romero and Kerry Klein present the third installment of Outdoorsy. This time it's all about dogs.

Hey Day Books

Next Thursday Fresno art lovers will celebrate the city’s galleries and art spaces with the monthly first-Thursday event known as Art Hop. But lovers of the printed word will have another opportunity that night to meet some of the valley’s most insightful and talented authors at an event being billed as “Bookhop.” Among the authors who will be at Arte Americas for the event are David Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto. Together they have a new book about the generational transition now underway...

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Last week the Kern High School District Board voted to approve a plan to allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns on campus. The move was controversial, both because of the topic, and also the last minute nature of the meeting and vote. Harold Pierce of the Bakersfield Californian Harold Pierce joined us to talk about this story and other news regarding the district.

http://www.supportprop58.com/

Earlier this month California voters approved a big change to education in the state when they passed Proposition 58. The initiative overturned prior voter-approved restrictions on bilingual education in the state. Now local districts are gearing up to implement the new law. Education reporter Mackenzie Mays of the Fresno Bee joined us on Valley Edition to talk about that story, and other news involving Fresno Unified schools.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we start the program with a story from Kerry Klein reports a new valley fever skin test. The Bakersfield Californian's Harold Pierce chats about how the Kern County high school district voted to let teachers bring guns on campus. Later in the program Fresno Bee Education Reporter Mackenzie Mays talks about how the passing of proposition 58 is already effecting bilingual learners. Ending the program we hear from Mas and Nikiko Masumoto about two of their recent...

Proterra

Communities like Kerman, Firebaugh, Selma and Kingsburg will soon have an eco friendly transit option. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports. With a goal of improving air quality in the Valley the Ca lifornia Air Resources Board is providing funding for 15 zero-emission electric buses from a company called Proterra . Kent Leacock runs government relations for the group. He says the project will eliminate 15 tons of greenhouse gases in the region. “They’re also saving money for their respected...

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