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.

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Fresno is known for poetry. Perhaps it's because of unique hardships encountered here, but it's also thanks to poets like Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Philip Levine and others like current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is celebrating another noteworthy poet and alumnus of Fresno State with a screening of the new documentary “A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet ." Larry Levis graduated from Fresno State in...

Valley Public Radio

On this week's special two hour Valley Edition our reporting team takes a look at the issues of valley fever, folic acid in corn masa and LGBT healthcare in rural California. We also are joined by the Fresno Bee's John Ellis, Fresno State's Lisa Bryant and KSEE 24's Evan Onstot for an election recap with VE host Joe Moore. Later in the show we'll hear about Lori Clune's book " Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World ." We'll also hear about a new documentary called "...

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Finding the perfect doctor can be a feat for anyone, but for LGBT people in rural places finding an understanding physician can sort of feel impossible. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports some say visiting a doctor's office is so intimidating that often they go without care. In 2014 Visalia pediatrician Kathryn Hall got fed up. She sees her practice as welcoming to LGBT people, but she felt that conservative values and homophobia in Tulare County have kept many from receiving proper...

Ezra David Romero

Scientists and researchers from across California are gathering in Three Rivers this week to discuss the effects of climate change in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. FM89's Ezra David Romero reports. Climate change is a big deal in the Sierra Nevada. Think dying pine trees and dwindling numbers of species like the yellow-legged frog. That's why Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are holding a science symposium to figure out how to manage the range for the next 100 years. Christy...

Ezra David Romero

Let's face it. America loves giant sequoia trees. Native Americans believe they hold spiritual value, early settlers tried to exploit the trees and today the trees adorn the National Park Service's badge. In a new book called " King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature " author William C. Tweed weaves together a narrative of human contact with the big trees. He outlines who tried to exploit them and eventually...

Curtain 5 Theatre Group

A Pulitzer prize winning play performed by local actors opens this week in Fresno. The Gin Game , written by D.L. Coburn and produced locally by Curtain 5 Theatre Group , runs Friday Nov. 11 through November 20 at the Fresno Art Museum. The Gin Game tells the story of two senior citizens at a nursing home that become friends and end up playing a lot of gin rummy together. The tragi-comedy details their relationship and eventually takes a darker turn as the friends try to humiliate each other....

Fresno Filmworks

Eight films from places around the globe will play this weekend at the Fresno Film Festival . Think Palestinian race car drivers, an adaption of Heidi and a documentary all about Yo-Yo Ma. The festival held at the historic Tower Theatre in Fresno runs from Nov. 11-13 and will include filmmaker appearances, social gatherings as well as Q&A discussions. Tickets for each film are $ 10 general and $8 for students and seniors. A festival passes cost $50 and can be purchased online or at the...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra David Romero hosts the program. Beginning the show we hear from C overed California Executive Director Peter Lee about what open enrollment means for the region. We also hear from William Tweed, the author of a new book called " King Sequoia ," about our human relationship with the giant sequoias. Later we hear about a Pulitzer prize winning play called The Gin Game opening this week in Fresno. Director and Artistic Director Jerry Paladino of Curtain 5...

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The reality of aging is a hard pill to swallow for anyone, but for the LGBT population in rural places it can be an even rougher experience. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports getting older for LGBT seniors in Central California often means going back into the closet. Early this year Van Vanlandingham had surgery. For almost three months the 68-year-old rehabilitated in a nursing home in the South Valley town of Lindsay. The staff kept asking him what was his wife's name. "When I said...

The Wildlands Consservancy

The thousands of drivers that make their way up the Grapevine on Interstate 5 every day probably have little idea they’re passing through one of the most diverse ecological regions of the state. This place, where the Coast Range meets the Transverse Range and the Tehachapi Mountains is home to the Wind Wolves Preserve . At 93,000 acres, it claims to be the largest nature preserve run by a non-profit organization on the west coast. Spanning a diverse mix of habitat from the San Joaquin Valley...

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