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

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition KVPR Reporter Jeffrey Hess explores whether building a medical school in the Valley is the answer to the region's doctor shortage. We also hear from Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea about water problems in North Fresno and more. FM89's Ezra David Romero reports a story about how simple science could help the tomato industry. Later we hear from the organizer of the Black Lives Matter protest in Fresno earlier this month.

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The USDA is hoping to encourage more African Americans to take up careers in agriculture. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports from an outreach event held today in Fresno.

The small USDA office in West Fresno was packed with more than 40 African American people ready to learn how to make their farming dreams a reality. The event is part of the USDA’s efforts to attract minorities and young people into farming professions.

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New data from NASA is helping forest managers deal with millions of dead trees in the Sierra. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the mapping project is already yielding results.

Since 2013 NASA has flown a plane over the Sierra Nevada collecting images to map changes in the landscape. Zachary Tane with the Forest Service developed an algorithm to break down those measurements and layered the data into a map detailing the exact concentration of dead trees.

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Fresno has many hidden gems. One of them is tucked away on Winery Avenue not far from the Fresno Airport. It's called The Discovery Center. It's here on Friday nights during June, July and August  that a local professor leads what he calls Star Parties

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It's no secret here in Central California that many, if not most, people who work  in the fields in Valley agriculture are undocumented immigrants.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Kerry Klein reports on air quality in Central California. Fresno City Councilmember Lee Brand also joins the program to talk about water issues in Fresno and other topics.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore interviews Kern County Fire Department PIO Tyler Townsend about the Erskine Fire. KVPR's Ezra David Romero also chimes in on what he witnessed while reporting on the blaze this week. We also hear from FM89's Jeffrey Hess about how some Fresnans are struggling with water issues. Later in the program Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on groundwater issues in Paso Robles.

Kern County Fire Department

(Editorial Note: This is an evolving story likely to have updates.)

(update 6/27 5:38 p.m.)

Fire crews are making progress today on what is being called the most destructive wildfire in Kern County history, and some residents are beginning to return home.

The Erskine Fire has burned more than 45,000 acres and has destroyed 200 homes near Lake Isabella. It also killed two people.

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Shipping containers have been used for everything from community gardens to pools and even homes. In rural Madera County one farmer is using these containers to help him save water on his sheep farm. He says a shipping container could actually be a solution to drought.

At Golden Valley Farm, about 10 miles northwest of Madera, Mario Daccarett’s employees are milking 500 sheep in rounds of 12. 

Valley Public Radio

  This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess recounts the First Family's trip to Yosemite National Park. We also hear reporting from KVPR'S Ezra David Romero on how a sheep farmer is growing feed indoors to save water. Later in the program Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on groundwater issues in Paso Robles. FM89's Jeffrey Hess also reports on Laura's Law, the California state law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment. Ending the program we hear from Agustín Lira And Patricia Wells about their new album 'Songs Of Hope And Struggle."

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