Juanita Stevenson

Juanita Stevenson has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 24 years. She is perhaps best known to Valley residents as a longtime reporter and news anchor with local television station ABC30, and has also worked at stations KJWL, KYNO and ValleyPBS. She is the recipient of the 2001 Associated Press Award for Best Reporting, and the 1997 Radio & Television News Directors Association Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Reporting.

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Valley Edition
2:23 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

On Valley Edition: Particulate Pollution; TBI Football Policy; Valley Education; Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett, musician and author, will perform at Fresno City College February 2.
Credit C. Taylor Crothers

This week on Valley Edition, Rebecca Plevin reports on the California Air Resources Board's approval of a plan intended to bring the Valley's particulate pollution into compliance with federal standards. But residents and health advocates expressed concern that the plan doesn't act quickly enough to protect public health.

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Government & Politics
3:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Fresno, Bus Driver Union At Odds Over Work Rules, Pay Cut

A Fresno Area Express bus at Roeding Park (file photo)
Credit Federal Transit Administration

Drivers who operate the city of Fresno’s bus service, known as Fresno Area Express will tell you that despite that some may thing, theirs is not a cushy job.

"It’s the equipment, it’s riding in a seat. You’re constantly bouncing up and down, you’re constantly turning the steering wheel. There’s a number of knee problems, shoulder problems, hand problems, by repetitive motion,"  says Rick Steitz, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1027.

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Valley Edition
12:44 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

On Valley Edition: Fresno FAX, Trash, Kettleman City Health; Flu; Janka

This week on Valley Edition, Juanita Stevenson reports on the dispute between Fresno FAX bus drivers and the city of Fresno. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero brings an updated report on the battle over Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s plan to outsource Fresno’s residential trash service. We also look to the effects of pollution caused by diesel in Kettleman City in a report by 89.3’s Rebecca Plevin. Jonathan London, an assistant professor of Human and Community Development at University of California, Davis, also chimes in on the discussion.

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Valley Edition
12:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

On Valley Edition: Valley Health Reform; Fresno Veterans Home; New National Park

Pinnacles National Park is located about 140 miles east of Fresno. It was originally protected in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt.
Credit Rennett Stow of Flickr under Creative Commons License

This week on Valley Edition, KVPR’s Rebecca Plevin reports on how valley counties are preparing to expand coverage to their poorest residents under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also talk with Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Quantitative Research with The Center for Studying Health System Change about whether the San Joaquin Valley as a whole is ready to take on health reform.

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Valley Edition
11:47 am
Tue January 8, 2013

On Valley Edition: Armen Bacon "Griefland"; Homeless No More; Fresno Public Market

Today on Valley Edition, we talk with local author Armen Bacon about her new book "Griefland" and learn how a friendship grew out of the tragic loss of her son. We'll also talk about how tragic circumstances can change lives. Peter Nazaretian, a licensed marriage and family therapist, also joins our discussion.

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Valley Edition
12:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

On Valley Edition: Local Reaction to Newtown CT Shootings

This week on Valley Edition we talk about the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT. Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims join us in the first segment to talk about how local schools and law enforcement have taken steps to prevent similar attacks from happening here. What have we learned from Newtown, and how can we keep our children safe in the classroom? 

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Valley Edition
10:41 am
Tue December 11, 2012

On Valley Edition: Trash Talk; Pharmacy School; Future of the Local Cinema

This week on Valley Edition, Juanita Stevenson reports on plans by the city of Fresno to privatize residential solid waste. We also talk with Dan Stone of National Geographic who recently wrote about the city's recycling efforts, and find out why Fresno is one of the nation's leaders in this area. 

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Government & Politics
10:38 am
Tue December 11, 2012

In Fresno, Privatizing Trash Pickup Ignites Controversy

Credit City of Fresno Public Utilities

It is a dirty job, picking up the trash of Fresno’s residents.

But it is also a job that has afforded 58 year old Joe Hill a decent middle income salary. Those at the top of the scale can make $22 an hour.

“I have a good job. I make a decent wage, but I don’t feel I am overpaid. I praise god for the job I have and how much I make. And I know there’s lots of people who make a lot less, but it’s not excessive,” says Hill.

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Valley Edition
1:27 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

On Valley Edition: Madera Casino Plan; Emergency Air Alerts; Doug Davis Memoir

An artists rendering of a proposed casino that the North Fork Rancheria wants to build along Highway 99 north of Madera
Credit North Fork Rancheria

This week on Valley Edition we talk about plans by a local Native American tribe to open a casino on land north of Madera along Highway 99. The effort took a big step forward in recent days as the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to put the land for the new casino in trust for the tribe.

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Valley Edition
1:40 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

On Valley Edition: What's the Future for the GOP; F.E.R.N.; Christmas At Kearney

This week on Valley Edition we look at the future of politics in California, in the wake of a November election that saw Democrats gain a two-thirds majority in the Legislature, and Republican voter registration drop below 30 percent. FM89's Joe Moore brings us the second report a two-part series on the impact of California's new "top-two" election system. This week we learn how the new reforms may force some of the state's smaller political parties off the ballot entirely. 

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Valley Edition
3:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

On Valley Edition: Top Two Primary Aftermath; Homeless Housing; Farber Gift

This week on Valley Edition, we learn about how the state's new electoral reforms worked in real life following this month's election. Did the "top two" primary make the general election candidates more moderate and contests more competitive? Or did little actually change? Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore brings us a special report. 

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Valley Edition
12:49 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Valley Edition: Valley Fever; Fracking; Latino Music Exhibit

This week on Valley Edition, we continue our series of special reports on the fungal disease known as valley fever. Journalist Rebecca Plevin from the Reporting on Health Collaborative brings us the story of a young girl from Delano who contracted the disease last year, changing her life forever. Host Juanita Stevenson also talks with Yesenia Amaro, a health reporter for the Merced Sun-Star and member of the collaborative,  about the effort to bring more attention to this disease, and Dr. Dee Lacy, an infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente Fresno. 

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Valley Edition
12:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

On Valley Edition: Last Minute Election Talk; Sandy Response; Dance Theatre of Harlem

This week on Valley Edition, we talk about how today's election may change not only the nation and California, but might also have a big impact on the political fortunes of California Governor Jerry Brown. Will Brown become a "lame duck" if Proposition 30 fails? We talk with Fresno State Political Science Professor Thomas Holyoke. 

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Valley Edition
12:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

On Valley Edition: Social Impact Bond; Measure O in Fresno County; Pomegranate Festival

This week on Valley Edition, we hear a report about a group that plans to launch the nation's first social impact bond in the health care sector, targeting asthma prevention in Fresno. We'll also close our series of reports on the propositions before voters on the November ballot. We talk with criminal defense attorney Garrick Byers about Propositions 34 and 36.  Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian joins us to talk about Measure O, a measure that would make it easier for the Board of Supervisors to outsource certain jobs, including the public defender's office.

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Valley Edition
12:11 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

On Valley Edition: Jerry Brown; Proposition Talk; Fresno Environmental Reporting Network

On this Valley Edition, we hear Governor Jerry Brown talk about his ballot measure Proposition 30 in an interview with Ben Adler. We also examine Propositions 36, 37 and 38 with a series of special reports, and talk with retired Justice James Ardaiz and get his thoughts on efforts to make changes to California's "Three Strikes" law and to abolish the death penalty. 

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Valley Edition
9:49 am
Wed October 17, 2012

On Valley Edition: Arvin 'Bucket Brigade'; Kern County Cancer Fund; Campaign Spending

The community of Arvin has some of the worst air in the nation, but residents are now taking matters into their own hands with a "bucket brigade."
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Arvin "Bucket Brigade"
The small Kern County community of Arvin has some of the worst air in the nation, thanks to geography and numerous pollution sources. But now some citizens are taking matters into their own hands, with a "bucket brigade" that aims to clean up the air by monitoring pollution themselves. On Sunday they gathered outside a local composting plant to protest what they call a major community polluter.  But their “do it yourself” efforts at monitoring pollution are not without controversy. Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore has this report:

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Valley Edition
12:13 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

On Valley Edition: Fresno Police Consolidation; Gas Prices; Via Arte

Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Segment 1: Police & Sheriff Consolidation in Fresno
Should the Fresno Police Department and Fresno County Sheriff's Department consider consolidating or merging their operations? That's the question a new study commissioned by the Fresno City Council seeks to answer.

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Valley Edition
1:05 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

On Valley Edition: Animal Control; National Monument for Cesar Chavez; Civil War Revisited

Animal Control and Shelter Services in Fresno: What's Next?

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Valley Edition
4:27 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

On Valley Edition: Dueling Tax Measures, Scholarships for FUSD students

Today on Valley Edition we look at the competing tax measures on the November ballot, Propositions 30 and 38. Both promise to protect funding for schools but critics have questioned both, and some political observers have said that the presence of both on the ballot could mean neither will pass. We also talk with a Fresno couple who donated $1 million to fund scholarships for students at Fresno's Tehipite Middle School. And we also learn more about plans for a walk and series of events to raise awareness about asthma in the Central Valley. 

Local Books
1:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling'

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora, by photographer Joel Pickford
Credit Heyday Books

Local photographer Joel Pickford's new book "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong people.

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