Ezra David Romero

Reporter and Producer

Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he studied journalism (digital media) and geography. In early January, he was awarded two prestigious Golden Mike Awards through the RTNA of Southern California. 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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High Speed Rail
10:49 am
Tue January 13, 2015

High Speed Rail: Comparing California's Future Bullet Train To Taiwan’s

Downtown Fresno is supposed to be the future site of the regions high speed rail station.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Now that dust has settled from last week’s symbolic groundbreaking for high speed rail in Downtown Fresno – a groundbreaking that didn’t actually include any ground being broken – people across the nation are taking a fresh look at the bullet train. 

One of the most interesting perspectives came from our Josh Stephens, a journalist and commentator for the California Planning and Development Report, an online publication that focuses on the development industry and urban planning.

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Agriculture
6:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Drainage Key To Reported Deal Between Farmers And Feds

File Photo - Pistachio field near Bakersfield, Calif
Credit Amy Quinton / CPR

A deal between a valley water district and the federal government could help resolve a decade’s long dispute over land on the Valley’s Westside. 

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Westlands Water District would take on the task of providing irrigation drainage, which had been a federal responsibility. In exchange, the government would forgive debt that the agency owed for construction of the Central Valley Project.

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Government & Politics
2:20 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

California 'Breaks Ground' On High Speed Rail In Fresno

Governor Jerry Brown signed a piece of train track to signify the start of construction of the bullet train.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

More than a thousand supporters of California High Speed Rail filled the barren lot of what is supposed to become a multistory train station in Fresno today for a symbolic groundbreaking.

Nearly two years after construction was supposed to start, and more than six years after voters approved a bond to help fund California high speed rail, state and local leaders met in Fresno’s historic Chinatown today to mark the start of the project’s construction.

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Veterans
12:16 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

In Merced, Yoga And Facebook Help One Marine With The Residue of War

Navpreet Sandher instructs yoga multiple times a week in Merced. He first learned to appreciate the practice while on duty in Afghanistan.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Reintegrating into society after war for many veterans is an isolating experience.

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Veterans
2:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Native American Veterans Find Solace Over A Common Table

Every Friday this group of veterans gets together for breakfast and camaraderie.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

For many veterans life after war is anything but easy, once home veterans often find themselves isolated from the world around them. But one Fresno group’s mission is to provide a setting for veterans to come out of hiding and also learn more about their culture.

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Valley Edition
12:03 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 23 - Native American Veterans; Fresno State's Joseph Castro; Library For London

Valley Edition December 23, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

On this week's show  we talk to Fresno State President Joseph Castro. He just returned from a White House event with President Obama that aims to boost college opportunity for low income and minority students. We'll find out how the university aims to boost its graduation rate over the next decade, and plan a new future after years of drastically reduced budgets. 

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Education
10:51 am
Tue December 23, 2014

On Valley Edition: Fresno State President Joseph Castro

Joseph Castro
Credit Fresno State

One of the biggest challenges facing Central California is in the area of education. The San Joaquin Valley routinely ranks at or near the bottom of the state when it comes to education attainment. Only 16 percent of adults in the valley have a bachelors degree. Compare that with the statewide number of 30 percent, or that of the Bay Area, where 41 percent of residents have a degree and the numbers become even more clear. 

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Air Quality
4:24 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Would You Build A Park Next To A Freeway? Fresno May Build Two

The group says parks next to freeways are a risk to children’s health and that direct exposure to exhaust can lead to higher rates of asthma, diabetes and gastrointestinal disease.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

With the final vote for the Fresno General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report just around the corner, activists are appealing for changes to the plan that could potentially alter the health of children in the region. 

A group of activists an    d health leaders met today at the site of a proposed new park in Northwest Fresno near Highway 99 to protest what they call a big problem with the city's proposed new general plan. Their concern - this park and another would be built next to busy freeways - and the polluted air that comes from them.

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Jazz
12:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Eva Scow Presents Her Third Annual Crescent Concert Sunday

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Jazz and world music mandolin artist Eva Scow will bring her unique blend of music to Fresno’s Fulton 55 for her annual Crescent Concert this Sunday.

The event will feature Scow’s band The Experience, as well as Brazilian pop/funk band Boca de Rio and jazz singer Sara Cabral.

Scow joined KVPR for a live broadcast in the Bonner Performing Arts Center with bassist Patrick Olvera and guitarist Mike Taylor. 

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Health
12:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

On Valley Edition: Valley Children's Hospital CEO Todd Suntrapak

Valley Children's Hospital CEO Todd Suntrapak.
Credit http://www.childrenscentralcal.org/Info/Leaders/Pages/ToddSuntrapak.aspx

Last week the valley’s only pediatric hospital announced some big changes, starting with a new name – Children’s Hospital Central California is now returning the name it had from 1950’s through the early 2000’s Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Valley Edition
11:29 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 16 - Dairies Leaving California; Valley Children's Hospital; Crescent Concert

Valley Edition Dec. 16, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we a take a look at why some dairies are leaving California for what they say are greener pastures in the Midwest. Also on the program you'll hear the story of a once homeless female veteran who now helps homeless veterans in Fresno.

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Agriculture
9:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

California Dairies Look To Midwest’s Greener Pastures

Brian Azevedo says that if he kept his family dairy in California he would most likely have to change careers.
Credit Ezra David Romero

This is the first story in a two-part series reported in partnership with Harvest Public Media. The second story explores why a Chino family moved to Nebraska a few years back: "Midwest Recruiting California Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy."

 

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Health
12:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Obamacare Discussion on Valley Edition: One Year After The Rollout

Credit http://www.coveredca.com/

January 1st will mark the first anniversary of the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

At the heart of the landmark health law is the idea that by reducing the number of uninsured, Americans will get healthier thanks to regular checkups. Planners have hoped that would result in fewer chronic conditions that drive up health care costs for everyone. 

It may be a simple idea, but implementing the incredibly complex law was anything but easy, and so far it’s been filled with plenty of highs and lows.

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Valley Edition
12:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

How Effective Are Grand Juries? We Ask Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver

Superior Court of California, Fresno County
Credit http://www.fresno.courts.ca.gov/courthouses/

The recent killings of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson Missouri and New York City have brought the issue of race and law enforcement to the headlines.

But they’ve also brought the ancient institution of the grand jury to the national spotlight, after similar bodies in both states declined to bring charges against the officers involved.

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Valley Edition
11:36 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 9 - Grand Jury; ACA One Year Later; Fresno Christmas Parade

Valley Edition Dec. 9, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition host Joe Moore speaks with Fresno Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver about the relevancy of the grand jury system in lieu of the activities in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Environment
3:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Nature Preserve To Open in Tulare County

Blue Oak Ranch
Credit http://www.sequoiariverlands.org/

Central California is home to some of the state’s most beautiful areas from Yosemite Valley to high sierra lakes to rolling foothills.

Lovers of that last topography have something to cheer about this winter as a new nature preserve in Tulare County is about to open to the public for the first time. It’s called Blue Oak Ranch and it’s located near Springville.

We talked about what this preserve means to the valley with Ann Huber of the Sequoia Riverlands Trust. Listen to the interview above.

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Government & Politics
3:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

On Valley Edition: Mexican Consul, Lawyer Discuss Local Impact Of Obama's Executive Action

Credit Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

President Obama’s recent announcement that he will take new Executive Action on undocumented immigrants is already reverberating throughout the valley’s large immigrant communities.

The President’s executive order would affect around 4 million people who entered the country illegally before 2010, and have children who are either US Citizens or have green cards. It’s a similar order to one the President issued in 2012 regarding children who were brought to the country illegally by their parents, in that those who meet the requirements would be protected from deportations.

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Valley Edition
1:45 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Valley Edition: Dec. 2 - Immigration Talk; Rain; Air Quality; New Nature Preserve

Valley Edition December 2, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we talk about immigration and the President's executive action with San Joaquin College of Law's Jessica Smith Bobadilla and Vicente Sanchez Ventura, the Consul of Mexico in Fresno

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Theatre
4:26 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Theatre: "In And Out Of Shadows" Highlights The Lives Of Undocumented Teens

http://sfyouththeatre.org/Performances.html

In December a new play will take the stage at Fresno City College and it has a special connection to the community – it’s a musical by Fresno City College alumnus and acclaimed author Gary Soto. He joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore for or a conversation about the play. 

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Drought
3:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

When Will The Taps Run Dry? Groundwater Discussion On Valley Edition

Changes in total water storage in California from NASA GRACE.
Credit http://jayfamiglietti.com/writing/

Parts of Central California have been hit especially hard by the drought, and specifically the dropping water table beneath the ground. But as California farms and cities lean more and more on their aquifers, many are concerned that more and more wells will go dry.

This is not a new story. Huge portions of the San Joaquin Valley have actually dropped due to massive pumping of water from the ground dating back to the 1920’s. The question is – when will the taps run dry.

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