Ezra David Romero

Reporter and Producer

Ezra David Romero is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he studied journalism (digital media) and geography. He has worked for the Fresno Bee and was an intern at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C. During his undergraduate education, Romero worked as a news intern with Valley Public Radio, where he produced news reports for the station. In 2012 he was a Gruner Award finalist for his 13-part Sanger Herald series on obesity in Sanger, Calif. Also in 2012, Romero was awarded a grant and internship with the California Newspaper Publishers Association where he worked for the Fresno Bee as a general assignment reporter covering police, elections, government and higher education. 

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Valley Edition
1:05 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Valley Edition Feb. 4: Drought, Hmong Youth And Religion, Thoughts On Trail Preservation

This week on Valley Edition we talk about the issues of drought, changing culture among Hmong youth, the health of public forests and more.

Leading the program, Moore speaks with Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian and Kerman farmer Paul Betancourt about the drought, farmers fallowing fields, well drilling and more.

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Commentary
11:24 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick"

Chonny Vang, 15, is a sophomore at Edison High School.
Credit The kNOw Youth Media

Popular culture and traditional values often differ when it comes to perspective on healthy weight for girls. In this commentary, Edison High School Student Mai Chong Vang tells her story of self-acceptance while belonging to cultures that promote opposing ideal body types and how Hmong and American perspectives have challenged her to accept who she is.

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My name is Mai Chong Vang, but I go by Chonny.

I’m from East Central Fresno, my family is Hmong and we practice Shamanism.

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Community
11:13 am
Tue February 4, 2014

"Who Am I?" Hmong Youth Face Choices Between Religion And Culture

Thousands of youth flocked to the Fresno Fair Grounds for Hmong New Year. #Iamhmong
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

The question of “Who am I?” is a normal insecurity for teens and it’s a no brainer that Hmong youth in Central California would face a similar struggle. They’re grappling with the tribal religions of their refugee parents, other faiths encountered in the U.S., and the pressures of conforming to popular culture. Some have clung to the tribal ways of their ancestors, while others have lost faith altogether. Valley Public Radio Reporter Ezra David Romero visits with a group of Fresno Hmong high school students to bring you a glimpse into their struggle.

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Transportation
5:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Fresno's Bus Rapid Transit Plan Faces Opposition

A rendering of the a proposed BRT bus for Fresno.
Credit Anil Verma Associates / Fresno FAX

The Fresno City Council is set to debate a proposal tonight to bring a hi-tech express bus line to city. But as FM89’s Joe Moore reports, the $50 million federal grant that would fund the project is generating some controversy.
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The proposal calls for new high capacity express bus service, known as Bus Rapid Transit, to be built along Blackstone and Kings Canyon Avenues in Fresno. The new bus line would replace existing FAX service on those routes and would decrease travel time for riders by as much as an hour and a half in some cases.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Rain Might Fall But It Won't Fill The Valley's Deficit

Credit US National Weather Service Hanford California

California’s drought is causing big concerns for residents and farmers up and down the state. But while a storm is expected to bring some precipitation to the area Thursday, FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the valley’s rainfall deficit is actually worse than the season totals indicate.  

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According to independent meteorologist Steve Johnson, more moisture has evaporated from the ground than has actually fallen from the sky this rainy season.

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Valley Edition
12:17 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath

Award winning author and organic farmer Mas Masumoto will be the main speaker at the Kegley Institute of Ethics "If Steinbeck was a Farmer" talk at CSUB Wednesday January 29.
Credit http://www.cs.csub.edu/~donna/kie/Lectures/masumoto.php

This week on Valley Edition our reporting team discusses how Valley air quality may affect our genes, a library vending machine that dispenses books, hockey in the region and much more.

Starting off the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on the issue of pollution and how it relates to our health. She explores the question of whether pollution is affecting Valley residents at cellular level.

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Community
11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

In Tulare County, Redbox Inspires Vending Machines For Books

Children line up at multiple library vending machine sites.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

In rural Tulare County school libraries are small, and in many towns public libraries are nonexistent. While eBooks and eReaders continue to be one of the hottest trends in education, these same small towns often struggle with a persistent digital divide between the haves and the have nots. But as Ezra David Romero reports, officials with the Tulare County Library system are now using a different sort of  technology to help improve literacy and help kids develop a lifelong love of reading.

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Drought
5:08 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Boehner, Valley GOP Representatives Call For Drought Relief

House Speaker John Boehner is calling for emergency legislation in response to California's drought
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

Valley congressional leaders and House Speaker John Boehner met in a dusty cotton field outside Bakersfield today to announce a plan for emergency legislation in response to California’s drought.

Boehner, who was joined by valley Republicans Devin Nunes, David Valadao and Kevin McCarthy told the crowd that the water shortage requires action, and blamed environmental laws for part of the problem.

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Valley Edition
10:37 am
Tue January 21, 2014

On Valley Edition: Tulare Rep. Connie Conway; Drought Tips With Local Experts; Violinist Sarah Chang

Asm. Connie Conway shares her thoughts on water, the state budget and more.
Credit http://arc.asm.ca.gov / Assemblywoman Connie Conway

This week on Valley Edition we tackle the issue of drought across the state and what you can do to conserve water, speak with a state leader and with one of the best violinists in the world.

Starting the program, Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway about the issues of drought, budget, etc.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Who'll Be Harmed By Drought? Everyone, Experts Say

Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

With record dry conditions across the state and Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration today farmers and other agriculture leaders in the San Joaquin Valley are predicting a grim economic forecast for 2014.  

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Government & Politics
5:20 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

In Fresno, Advocates & Bus Riders Call For Speedy New Bus Network

Fresno Council Member Oliver Baines is a supporter of Bus Rapid Transit.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

 

Around 40 activists, health advocates and bus riders rallied in Central Fresno Thursday urging the Fresno City Council to support an improved bus system.

Bus Rapid Transit would be a network of busses that would reduce travel time on major corridors like Blackstone Avenue by having fewer stops, pre-boarding fare collection and priority traffic signals. Fifty million dollars in federal and state funding has already been allocated which will pay for construction and the first three years of operation.

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Valley Edition
12:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

On Valley Edition: BBQ & Air Quality; Darrel Steinberg: Politics With Bill McEwen; Les Miserables

The Fresno production of Les Miserables will run January 17-19, 2014.
Credit http://fresnograndopera.org/lesmiserables.html

This week on Valley Edition we talk about air quality, drought in California, a Fresno production of Les Miserables and more.

Starting the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Ezra David Romero takes a look at barbecue restaurants – one of the biggest food trends in the region – and how the Valley Air District hopes to work with them while developing future regulations.

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Environment
10:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Valley Air Cleanup Targets Restaurant Charbroilers

Matt Billingsley, the general manager of Dog House Grill, says the eatery cooks up 1,200 pounds of tri-tip daily.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

People in Central California love barbecue. From backyard grills to popular new restaurants featuring tri tip, ribs and brisket, it’s one of the biggest food trends in the valley. One Fresno destination is so popular, a line wraps around its building daily.

Fresno’s Dog House Grill is Valley famous for tri-tip, pulled pork and their family recipe barbecue sauce.

Connie Nicholson and her husband visit Dog House weekly.

“I like the Barbecue sauce, it’s really good and the tri-tip’s always just right,” Nicholson says. “I get the tri-tip sandwich every time.”

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Government & Politics
6:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

In Fresno Gov. Brown Talks Drought, High Speed Rail

Governor Jerry Brown paid a visit to Fresno to talk with farmers and local leaders about his budget plan.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown visited Fresno today to meet with valley farmers and local leaders Monday, less than a week after he unveiled his new budget proposal.

Brown says he heard loud and clear from those he met with that water is a big issue.

“They want a drought declaration, the want some flexibility in the use of water and they have some other interesting ideas that we are going to look at.”

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Valley Edition
11:27 am
Tue January 7, 2014

On Valley Edition: Drought; High Speed Rail; Buck Owens Book

Credit Backbeat Books

This week on Valley Edition we delve into the topics of drought in California, transgender law, high speed rail and more.

Starting off the program Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with meteorologist Steve Johnson about 2013 marking California’s driest year on record. The two talk weather conditions, water and what 2014 may hold for the San Joaquin Valley.  Johnson is the owner of Steve Johnson and Associates and is with Atmospheric Group International.

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Valley Edition
10:48 am
Tue December 24, 2013

On Valley Edition: Fresno Mayor; Meditation In High School; Kern & Madera Counties Water Exchange

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition host Joe Moore recaps the year with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. The two discuss everything from high speed rail to law enforcement.

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Valley Edition
12:19 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

On Valley Edition: Sup. Henry Perea; Fraud In Drug & Alcohol Programs; 'The New California Wine’

Credit http://jonbonne.com/the-new-california-wine/

This week on Valley Edition we discuss issues in Central California with Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea, talk California wine with Jon Bonné and more.

Starting off the program, Moore speaks with Supervisor Perea about a range of topics in the region including public safety, planning and budget issues.

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Valley Edition
12:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

On Valley Edition: Kettleman City; Porterville Beatings; Trees In Paradise

Credit jaredfarmer.net

This week we take a look at the issues of waste in Kettleman City, abuse in a Tulare County developmental center, how trees illustrate California immigration patterns and more.

Starting the program Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on one Kettleman City woman’s “hate-hate” relationship with the city’s water, which contains unsafe amounts of naturally occurring arsenic.

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Environment
6:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Snap Could Be A One-Two Punch To Valley Citrus Industry

Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

The Arctic chill that swept into the region Wednesday is causing the San Joaquin Valley’s $2-billion citrus industry to shudder in fear over of what could become a devastating loss to the industry if evening temperatures continue to plummet. FM89’s Ezra David reports on what one Valley grower is doing to combat the freeze.

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James McFarland’s eyes are sleepy and red.

“I’ve been out for most of the night for the past two nights and it looks like that will occur for four or five more,” McFarland says.

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Valley Edition
12:41 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Congressman Costa; Book Club; 'Home For The Holidays' Jazz Concert

Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we take a look at the effect of fires on the Sierra Nevada.

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