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

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In January, teenage boys in the Central Valley city of Clovis showed up to school in dresses and girls wore pants as well as caps to hide their hair. They were protesting Clovis Unified's decision to keep it's controversial out-of-date dress code.

The dress code doesn't allow boys to wear earrings or to keep their hair below their earlobes. The proposed update would give the same standards for all students, but Clovis Unified School District trustees voted  4-3 against the policy update.  

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Last year was a terrible season for the American pistachio industry. Warm temperatures and the lack of water resulted in a loss of almost half the crop, that’s around $1.4 billion less than 2014. This year the industry is hoping to recover, but as Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports growers across the country may have a different issue later this year, a problem that stems from the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ali Budner takes a look into at Fresno Food Commons and reports on what kind of impact it's having on the region. We also hear about Clovis Unified dress code issues with Fresno Bee Reporter Mackenzie Mays and Bakersfield Californian Columnist Lois Henry. Henry also discusses Kern County topics including wastewater and oil. We also hear about how the pistachio industry is worried about Iranian nuts that could enter the market later this  year. 

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It’s the second day of the World Ag Expo in Tulare. People from around the globe come to the three day event to experience the latest in agricultural technology.  All these farmer types get hungry and that’s why food is a big deal at the show. Think giant steak sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and beer.  FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports that for some community groups all those hungry people make for a big fundraiser.

Nancy Hammel’s peach cobbler sold at the World Ag Expo is baked on site.

StoryCorps Legacy

Regular listeners to NPR are familiar with the concept of the Segment StoryCorps. The organization records thousands of conversations between family members and loved ones each year. Through the group’s StoryCorps Legacy program, the organization works with hospice organizations across the country, including Hinds Hospice in Fresno. In this story Emily Stuart interviews her grandmother Dorothy Stuart about approaching the end of her life.

DOROTHY STUART: “I’m a colorful person. I used to have magenta hair before magenta hair was in.”

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The World Ag Expo began its three day run in Tulare Today/Tuesday. FM89's Ezra David Romero reports this year’s show is as much about software as it is farm equipment.

There are plenty of new tractors this year at the World Ag Expo. But it's not companies like John Deere and Caterpillar stealing the limelight. It’s rather groups that make products that fit in the palm of a hand. Marisa Carpenter is a spokesman for the expo.

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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra David Romero takes a look into the world of cotton counterfeiting. We also hear from Author Robert Binneweis about his time working as the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and his views on the renaming of some of it's iconic sites. We also hear from KVPR's Jeffrey Hess about Fresno's Real Time Crime Center. We also hear from Russell Judd, CEO of the Kern Medical Center, about the health center's name change.

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Americans come into contact with cotton every day. It’s a staple we use for clothing, food products and even cosmetics. But not all cotton is of equal quality. In fact many times higher grade cotton products have been laced with inferior fiber. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on how the cotton industry is fighting back.

American Pima cotton is claimed as some of the finest cotton in the world. Debbie Fletcher only buys cotton products made out of the plant.

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This week on Valley Edition reporter Jeffrey Hess tours a tiny house building company in Fresno. VE Host Joe Moore leads a discussion on the 31st Assembly District special election. He is joined by Republican Clint Olivier and Democrat Joaquin Arambula.


There’s a new CD out this week that is sure to capture the interest of classical music lovers, especially those from the San Joaquin Valley. It’s the debut recording of  24 year-old violinist  and Valley native Eric Gratz. A decade ago Gratz was performing with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno.

Today he is the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, and an in-demand soloist, performing worldwide. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his new recording and his burgeoning career. Listen to the interview above.