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

California State Parks Facebook

Winter might be a cold and wet time of the year here in Central California, but it's also a good time to get outside and enjoy nature. And with the High Sierra covered in snow hikes turn to the foothills. On this week's Valley Edition we chat about activities to do in the hills near Fresno and Madera.

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This week on Valley Edition Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez joins host Joe Moore to talk about what to expect in the South Valley this year. Reporter Kerry Klein tells a story about an organization teaching kids how to use robotic technology in Fresno. 

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Farmers are gathering in meetings across California this month to talk about insecticides currently used that could be harmful to human health. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports from a meeting in Parlier.

National Weather Service, Hanford

Over the last year talk of a strong El Niño has circulated the news. Now El Niño is here and storms are predicted to hit the region hard over the next two to three weeks. For more insight on what Central California should expect weather wise we turned to a California weather expert on Valley Edition. Listen to the interview above.

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Jakara Movement

The first homicide of 2016 in Fresno was of a Punjabi man at a liquor store. A week earlier an elderly Sikh man was deliberately hit by a truck and then beat up by two men. Police consider the attack a hate crime and are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men suspected.

This week on Valley Edition we discuss the reasoning behind the hate crimes against the Sikh community and why criminals are confusing Sikhs and Muslims in their hate acts.  Listen to the discussion above. 

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This week on Valley Edition we talk about El Niño related storms that have begun to hit the region. Daniel Swain joins the conversation. He runs the website Weather West, which has provided a unique California weather and climate discussion since 2006. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University.

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess takes a look at how construction from California High Speed Rail will change Fresno. Later, VE Host Joe Moore interviews Rep. Jim Costa about the urgency to get Calif. water legislation passed. Ending the program, Moore talks about the top news stories of 2015 in Central California.

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A shuttered casino in the hills near Coarsegold may come back to life this spring. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

A little more than a year ago the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino was forced to close its doors after a violent takeover.  Today, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians reached a settlement with the National Indian Gaming Commission.  Claudia Gonzalez is on the tribal council.

GONZALEZ: “We’re one tribe, we’re looking to move forward in a positive way and we’re in the middle of a healing process."

Luis Chavez Facebook Page

Luis Chavez recently became the president of the Fresno Unified School Board. Today he joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore for an interview on his plans for his tenure, the obstacles he faces and the predicament and scandals going on in the district. At one time Chavez was teacher and later he became the Chief of Staff for Fresno City Councilman Sal Quintero. 

To listen to the interview click above.

Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

This week Valley Edition host Joe Moore asks the spiritual leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Seyed Ali Ghazvini, about how the local Muslim community feels about Islamophobia, recent terrorism attacks and comments by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Mark Andrew Le Vine, columnist and UC Irvine Professor of Middle Eastern History, also joins the conversation. 

To listen to the discussion click above. 

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