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
12:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

On Valley Edition: Payday Lenders, Delta Smelt, Victor Davis Hanson, Moving To The Valley

Zocalo's Joe Mathews says young Angelenos should consider moving to Fresno and Visalia.
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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra Romero reports on payday lenders and why a Fresno faith based groups says the lenders practices are immoral.  Also on the program Capitol Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on the dwindling numbers of the Delta Smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

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Community
11:39 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Faith Based Group Calls For Cap On Fresno Payday Lenders

Josie De La Fuente successfully paid off a payday loan with assistance from a Fresno based financial literacy instiute at Fresno Pacific Seminary.
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Josie De La Fuente and her 30-year-old son live in a small two bedroom apartment in Southeast Fresno.

Just over a year ago, she joined the ranks of the thousands who turn to short term high interest loans to make ends meet.

She says taking out payday loan ensnared her.

“Imagine me getting a payday loan,” De La Fuente says. “Paying a 300 dollar loan and with all the bills that I have. You know the car payment, the apartment the rent and all that stuff. It’s not gonna help me and I’m not gonna have any money left with all of that.”

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Valley Edition
11:29 am
Tue July 16, 2013

On Valley Edition: Concierge Medicine; Sex Abuse & Farm Workers; Madera County; Fashawn

Guadalupe Chavez, standing in front of her mobile home, filed one of the few criminal cases by a California farmworker against a farm supervisor for sexual assault.
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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Joe Moore interviews Dr. Karen Hansen-Smith about her medical practice, the first and only concierge family practice in Fresno. Also on the program, Moore speaks with KQED Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha about her series on sexual abuse and farm workers.

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Valley Edition
11:23 am
Tue July 9, 2013

On Valley Edition: Madera & the Affordable Care Act; Fresno County Probation; Good Company Players

The Company we keep details the past 40 years of acting under the Fresno based group The Good Company Players.
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This week on Valley Edition FM89 reporter Rebecca Plevin examines how Madera County's only federally qualified health center is gearing up for Obamacare. Also on the program host Joe Moore speaks with Rick Chavez, the Fresno County Chief Probation Officer to replace Linda Penner come August. 

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Community
12:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Three Ingredients Of A Successful Ice Cream Shop

Superior Dairy's scoops have remained enormous. Susan Wang, co-owner of the Valley scoop shop, says the scoops have grown in size.
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Valley Public Radio reporters Rebecca Plevin and Ezra Romero teamed up to look at three ice cream shops that have remained popular and successful across generations. They identified three factors that have allowed these shops to stand the test of time.

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Valley Edition
12:13 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

On Valley Edition: Leticia Perez; Ice Cream; Buffalo Soldiers; Book Club

Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez is running for a California Senate position in the July 23 race.
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This week on Valley Edition Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez speaks with host Joe Moore about the upcoming senate race. Also on the show Valley Public Radio reporters Rebecca Plevin and Ezra Romero team up to look at three ice cream shops that have remained popular and successful across generations. 

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Government & Politics
5:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Court Decision Spurs Fresno Marriage Proposal

After 16 years together Rio Waller proposed to Naomi Hendrix after finding out about the Supreme Court's ruling.
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  Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was cheered by activists throughout the state, including in Fresno. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero reports from Fresno’s Tower District one same sex couple chose to celebrate the justice’s decision with a marriage proposal.

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When Rio Waller woke up this morning and heard the Supreme Court’s decision, she was moved to tears. 

“When I saw  what happened I started crying and laughing and I was by myself because my partner runs a market,” Waller says.

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Music
8:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Fresno's Karen Marguth Brings Jazz Stylings to International Audiences

Karen Marguth

It's not often that international jazz critics and festivals turn their attention to artists from Fresno. But Central California vocalist Karen Marguth is the exception to that rule. In 2010, veteran jazz critic Christopher Loudon called Marguth "one of the finest American jazz vocalists" in a JazzTimes article about the singer.

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Valley Edition
11:37 am
Tue June 25, 2013

On Valley Edition: Valley Fever in Prisons; Valley Politics; Shakespeare In The Park; Karen Marguth

Karen Marguth and her impromptu band perform Thursday nights at The Landmark in Fresno's Tower District.
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On this weeks show, Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin reports that within 90 days all inmates at risk of catching valley fever in Central California prisons must be relocated. Also on Valley Edition, host Joe Moore chats with Fresno Bee Editorial Page Editor Bill McEwen about local and state politics.

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Summer Scoop
4:51 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

A Scoop of Peru In North Fresno

Limón Peruvian Cuisine serves Peruvian fare with hints of flavor from around the globe including influences of India, China and Japan.
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With the official start of summer just three days away, the Valley Public Radio news team decided to take our weekly meeting out of the the office and into North Fresno.

We landed at a restaurant with cuisine from the America’s south of the Hemisphere.  The place:  Limón Peruvian Cuisine

Our meal was wonderful. Between the three of us we ordered a whole chicken spiced with citrus and herbs, sweet potato fries and a tasty sirloin, pea and mushroom risotto.

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Valley Edition
11:17 am
Tue June 18, 2013

On Valley Edition: Restorative Justice; Peach Week; KVPR's Book Club 'Homegrown'

Mas Masumoto has farmed in the Central Valley for over 40 years. He and his family own and operate Masumoto Family Farm in Del Rey, Calif.
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This week on Valley Edition we take a look at the end of the school year and the start of summer. Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin reports on how one Valley school's restorative justice program outshines many in the region. 

Valley Edition host Joe Moore interviews Mas, Marcy and Nikiko Masumoto about their new book 'The Perfect Peach." Later in the program FM89 reporter Rebecca Plevin talks with Joe Moore about Valley Public Radio's new book club 'Homegrown.' 

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Valley Edition
12:30 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

On Valley Edition: Big Ice Cream; Measure G; Fresno's Poet Laureate; Jobs; Kern County Nut Festival

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This week on Valley Edition we take a journey across the region to highlight what matters to the those who live in Central California. Valley Public Radio's Ezra Romero reports on how the region is a major player when it comes to ice cream production. Valley Edition host Joe Moore interviews Jeff Cummings from Fresno State about Fresno's Measure G. Moore also speaks with Fresno's new poet laureate and a director from the Kern County Nut Festival.
 

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Business & Economy
12:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Big Ice Cream: Valley Factories Lead Nation in Frozen Delights

Ice cream tasters are not only looking for the right flavor in an ice cream, but presentation and ratio as well.
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Consumers nationwide love big ice cream names like Dreyer’s and Haagen-Dazs. But do they know that the milk in these ice creams flow from San Joaquin Valley cows? To answer this question, Valley Public Radio's Ezra Romero visits ice cream factories in Kern and Tulare counties to report on how Big Dairy in the San Joaquin Valley is contributing to the nation's ice cream supply.

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Valley Edition
2:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

On Valley Edition: Summer Scoop; Fresno State President; Fresno Bikes; Police Violence

This week on Valley Edition we talk to the new president of Fresno State, Joseph Castro; kickoff our summer-long series on ice cream traditions in the San Joaquin Valley with a look at small town scoops; question the future of Fresno's plan to become more bicycle friendly and talk about what's being done to prevent miscounduct by law enforcement.

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Valley Edition
2:08 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

On Valley Edition: Measure G; HWY 99; Serbian Festival; Fire Camps

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This week on Valley Edition we explore some of the issues that matter to the residents of Central California, including the expansion of Highway 99, a Fresno based garbage debate and more. 

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Government & Politics
5:43 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Attorney For Family Of Bakersfield Beating Victim Speaks Out

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The attorney representing the family of the man who was fatally beaten by Kern County Sheriffs deputies May 8 is speaking out today. In an interview with Valley Public Radio, David Cohn said that the way the agencies are handling the case is appalling.

“Our biggest concern is that evidence, and primarily videos that were on cell phones was likely to altered, lost or destroyed and essentially our biggest fears have now become a reality.”

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Valley Edition
12:29 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

On Valley Edition: Fresno State; Valley Fever; Soda Tax; Tamejavi; SwedeFest

Spring 2013 will be Fresno State President Dr. John Welty's last semester as president of Fresno State.
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This week on Valley Edition we discuss the future of one of Central California’s educational centers. A search committee is on the lookout for a new Fresno State President, but not all are happy about the way the committee is handling the search.

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Arts & Culture
9:38 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Fresno's Swede Fest Celebrates Cinema, Do-It-Yourself Style

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On Sunday May 19th, Fresno's Tower Theatre will feature some of Hollywood's biggest films. But you aren't likely to see many stars or Oscar winners on the screen. Instead, Swede Fest 11 will feature a collection of 20 low-budget, summarized recreations of Hollywood's most popular movies, all shot by amateur filmmakers.

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Community
4:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Maker' Re-Creates Victorian Era Downtown Fresno With Cardboard

The centerpiece of John Rupe's cardboard city is the old Fresno County Courthouse, which was demolished in 1966.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

John Rupe doesn't have a time machine. But he does have laminated cardboard, glue and thin sheets of copper - just enough to take a trip back in time to a Fresno that hasn't existed for over nearly a century. That year is 1900. 

Rupe has always loved Downtown Fresno. 

"I explored," Rupe said. "I was in Hotel Fresno in the 80's and it was vacant back then... I was in the Sun-Maid Raisin plant before it was demolished and the Republican Newspaper building, which has been demolished too."

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