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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Tribal Gaming
9:46 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Judge Rules Chukchansi Casino Closed For At Least Two More Weeks

Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino could be close for weeks, which leaves 1,500 employees without a paycheck.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

The federal judge who issued the temporary closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold last week ruled Wednesday that the operation will remain closed for at least until the end of the month.

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Tribal Gaming
11:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Fight Over Chukchansi Has Deep Roots, Casino Still Closed

Tex McDonald leads the faction that attempted an ambush of the casino last Friday.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

Factions of the Chukchansi Indians have been going at it for decades. Last week their tribal dispute escalated to a boiling point endangering the public. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports from Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino near Coarsegold.

In the hills of Madera County a 25 year old family dispute has surfaced.

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Tribal Gaming
4:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Fight For Control Of Chukchansi Tribe Escalates, Casino Shuttered

Member of a rival faction of the Chukchansi Tribe attempted to take boxes out of the casino but were stopped by Madera County Sheriff's Deputies.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

A tribal dispute that began Thursday night at a hotel and casino outside of Coarsegold continue Friday. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on the standoff that led to the evacuation of 500 guests and employees.

The impromptu closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has left the mountain communities around it with more questions than answers.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Is Building A Reservoir Within A Reservoir The Answer To California's Long-Term Water Crisis?

Ron Jacobsma is the general manager of the Friant Water Authority which represents 15,000 farmers on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

It’s been one of the worst dry spells in recorded history in California and some rain would be nice. One possible answer to the state’s water woes could come as soon as November, when a new water bond goes before voters. To answer the state’s future water woes a water bond is on the November ballot which if passed could create new reservoirs.  FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports from Fresno County where planners are already studying the site for what could be the state’s newest water storage facility.  

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Valley Edition
11:28 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Valley Edition: Oct. 7 - Temperance Flat & The Water Bond; Fresno Water Forums; Vice President Biden

Valley Edition October 7, 2014
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This week on Valley Edition reporter Ezra David Romero explores the only Spanish language theater in Fresno. He also reports from the spot on Millerton Lake in Fresno County where a new reservoir could be built if the Water Bond is passed on the November ballot. VE Host Joe Moore is joined by Manuel Cunha with the Nisei Farmers League and Barbara Barragon-Parilla with No On Prop 1 to talk about the bond. 

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Government & Politics
6:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Swearengin Voices Support For Gay Marriage

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin speaking at Fresno City Hall for a recent campaign event.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has announced that she now supports gay marriage. Swearengin, a Republican who is running for state controller had been a supporter of Proposition 8. She announced her new position last week at a meeting of an LGBT conservative group in Southern California. 

Kevin Gilhooley is the president of the Orange County Log Cabin Republicans. Swearengin spoke to his group last week and took questions from the audience.

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Community
10:56 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Teatro Azteca: Dreaming Up Spanish Language Theater In Fresno

Laura Barboza has dreamed of opening a theater since she was a child.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

The United States is dominated by box office hits played at megaplexes with sometimes as many as 21 plus screens, but no more than a few decades ago film venues looked very different especially for the Latino community. But today in Fresno, one young woman has taken on the task to reopen the region’s only Spanish language theater.

Thirty years ago, the main hall of Teatro Azteca in Fresno’s Chinatown was filled with the sounds of famous Spanish language actors, singers and comedians.

Think Cantinflas, the Mexican Charlie Chaplin. 

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Valley Public Radio Presents #DroughtVoices For October ArtHop

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Valley Edition
1:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Valley Edition: Sept. 30 - Cary Catalano; Esmeralda Soria; Blight To Light; #DroughtVoices

Valley Edition, September 30, 2014
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This week on Valley Edition we take a look at a Fresno City Council race on the November ballot. VE Host Joe Moore speaks with both Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria. Also on the program, Moore speaks with Fresno State Professor Janine Nkosi about Faith In Community's "blight to light" campaign with a focus on getting boarded up homes filled cleaned up and filled with occupants. 

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Government & Politics
4:18 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

In Fresno A Republican Endorses A Democrat

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Fresno City Councilman have both endorsed each other for their races on the November ballot.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

An unusual partnership bridging across political party lines was made Friday in front of Fresno’s City Hall. 

Fresno Mayor and candidate for California Controller Ashley Swearengin is a republican. But today she endorsed democrat Fresno City Councilman Blong Xiong who is running for Fresno County Supervisor, District 1.

SWEARENGIN: “I have to say he took a fair amount of political flak from people in his base about asking for my support and receiving my support.”

Xiong also announced his support for Swearengin.

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Health
4:39 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

In East Porterville "They Were Drinking Water That Looked Yellow And Red"

Andrea Zousino has lived in East Porterville all her life. She says this is the first time that the private well that supplies water to her home went dry.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This story is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a project for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism.

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Music
2:57 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Fresno Philharmonic Kicks Off The 2014-15 Concert Season

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The Fresno Philharmonic begins its 61st season this weekend. This year the orchestra will feature a diverse  mix of concerts, with programs dedicated to Armenian contributions to classical music, and a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

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Music
2:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

What's Fresno's Sound? Attend F.U.S.E. Fest To Find Out

This is the seventh year of F.U.S.E. Fest.
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Seven years ago Creative Fresno, a Fresno based non-profit, created a festival called Fresno Urban Sound Experience or F.U.S.E. Fest. 

The festival was created with one goal: to capture what the Fresno underground music scene sounds like. And the festival only has a few rules: each band gets 30 minutes to perform, every band has to be local and can only play original music.

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Valley Edition
12:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Valley Baseball: Fresno Grizzlies And Bakersfield Blaze Lose Affiliation, Plan For The Future

Baseball in Central California is going through a change with the affiliation of two of its teams changing their major league teams.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

It's been a busy month for baseball in Central California. Last week both the Fresno Grizzlies and the Bakersfield Blaze lost their affiliation with the Major League Baseball teams that provide them players.

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Valley Edition
11:24 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Valley Edition: Sept. 23 - East Porterville; Baseball In The Valley; FUSE Fest; Fresno Philharmonic

Valley Edition September 23, 2014
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In  this week's program we’ll talk about a water shortage that has left a whole Valley community waterless. FM89 reporter Diana Aguilera tells the story of Measure Z and the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

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Valley Edition
3:42 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Valley Edition: Sept. 16 - Groundwater; Courtney Fire; State Senator Alex Padilla; Reel Pride

Valley Edition September 16, 2014
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This week on Valley Edition reporter Ezra David Romero takes a look at an alternative way for homeowners whose private wells have gone dry that doesn't include digging a new well. Joel Nelson, with California Citrus Mutual, talks about groundwater regulations with host Joe Moore.

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Environment
11:47 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Can't Afford To Dig A New Well? You'll Have To Hire This Guy

Eugene Keeney delivers water all across Central California. He says the calls came in extra early this year.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio.

With fires raging in the region and no sign that the drought will ease up, farmers and even homeowners are on the hunt for water. The initial answer is to dig a new well. But wells are expensive. In this piece FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on a solution that many Valley homeowners rely on.

Eugene Keeney hooks his 2,500 gallon water truck to a fire hydrant on the northern edge of Clovis. 

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Community
2:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Clovis Has An MRAP. Is That OK With You?

Clovis PD received their MRAP last September and have used it sparingly, says Captain Mike Casida.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

The August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed teenager, by a white Ferguson police officer resulted in multiple violent protests in Middle America. The way police handled the situation with equipment like armored vehicles has left communities questioning the use of military grade weapons by local law enforcement. FM89’s Ezra David Romero climbs into one of these machines in an unsuspected Valley city. 

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Valley Edition
1:09 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Valley Edition: September 9 - Politics With John Ellis; Oil Refineries; Half Dome Rescue

Valley Edition September 9, 2014
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This week of Valley Edition FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero takes a look a how military grade vehicles are used by one local police force. Reporter Diana Aguilera reports on one students experience at the first pharmacy school in Central California.

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Valley Edition
12:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Meadow Fire: Helicoptered Out, A Hiker's Journey Up Half Dome

Rachael Kirk and friends were trapepd on the top of Half Dome for over five hours Sunday September 7, 2014.
Rachael Kirk

The Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park is raging and forced over 185 hikers and climbers to be airlifted from Little Yosemite Valley and Half Dome Sunday after the fire struck. Valley Public Radio Reporter Ezra David Romero spoke with one hiker whose regular hiking day turned into a helicopter ride over Yosemite Valley. 

Rachael Kirk, 26, knew there was a fire burning in Yosemite, because she saw it burning Saturday on a hike to Clouds Rest, a peak reaching just under 10,000 feet in Yosemite National Park. The little fire was lit by lighting a few weeks back.

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