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Ezra David Romero

Radio Reporter/Producer, Multimedia Journalist

Central California

Ezra David Romero

Reporter, Producer, Podcaster for NPR CenCal
Ag |Environment | Outdoors

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Outdoorsy: Episode 1 - Mineral King, Sequoia National Park's Hidden Gem

Yay! You made it to Outdoorsy. This is Valley Public Radio’s new podcast, in which we explore wild places in California and interview the people who enjoy them.
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The New Frontier: Satellites Inform Fire Personnel About How Blazes Spread

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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Seventy-one million. That's the number of bees Max Nikolaychuk tends in the rolling hills east of Fresno, Calif. Each is worth a fraction of a cent, but together, they make up a large part of his livelihood. Nikolaychuk makes most of his money during almond pollination season, renting out the bees to California's almond orchards.
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NASA Launches Pilot Project To Measure Snowpack From The Sky

After five years of drought there’s so much snow in the Sierra Nevada that state water officials are preparing for a massive runoff year. But the traditional way of calculating the snowpack has a huge margin of error and as Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports a new way to measure it could greatly decrease that inconsistency.
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Should Congress Make It Legal To Mountain Bike In Wilderness Areas?

Wilderness areas are known for isolated beauty and the feeling of peace experienced there. There are no cars, few roads and only horseman, horses and hikers can enter them. But that could soon change if a bill that’s now in congress becomes law. "Injecting more people into them, more quickly, on bicycles really goes against what the framers of the Wilderness Act had in mind," - Mark Larabee, PCTA.
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Drinking Water Is A Human Right, But These Valley Residents Don’t Have It

In 2012, California made history when it became the first U.S. state to declare that clean drinking water is a human right. But five years later, nearly 300 communities still can’t drink their water, according to new state data—many of which are in the San Joaquin Valley. "It's a symbolic reminder of, 'we could have had clean water but we can't afford it because it was done incorrectly.'" - Veronica Garibay.
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Under Review: What's At Stake In The Giant Sequoia National Monument?

Last month President Donald Trump signed an executive order putting 20 plus national monuments across the country under review including Giant Sequoia National Monument in the mountains of Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties. Now 17 years after the monument's creation, its existence is in question. "If I have the energy I will keep fighting if the worst comes to pass." - Carla Cloer.
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California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

President Trump's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S. Like the avocado. Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year, two-thirds of which were imported – mostly from Mexico.
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To Measure Drought's Reach, Researchers Scale The Mighty Sequoia

The giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are one of America's treasures, but for the first time in Sequoia National Park's history, the trees are showing visible signs of exhaustion due to the drought. On a hike last summer, a scientist noticed that the needles of the giant sequoias were browning and more sparse than usual.
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More Than Just a Pet Cause: Demi Lovato Shines a Spotlight on Mental Health

Tori Tatum is a Demi Lovato superfan. The twentysomething has been to a dozen or so of Lovato’s shows, including two on the pop star’s current tour, “Future Now,” with Nick Jonas. “Her voice is just amazing,” says Tatum. It’s a couple hours before Lovato and Jonas take the stage at the SAP Center in San Jose on August 18.
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Catching Waves In Lemoore? Pro Surfers Ride The Perfect Wave

Late last year a world famous surfer announced he created the perfect manmade wave. At this point no one knows exactly how he did it and the site where he built it isn’t open to the public. But Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero found that wave site in the most unlikely of places. Eleven time world champion surfer Kelly Slater dropped a bomb last December when he released a video of an 8-foot manmade wave in what looks like an old ski pond nowhere near an ocean.
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In Rural California, LGBT Seniors Often Are Forced Back Into The Closet

The reality of aging is a hard pill to swallow for anyone, but for the LGBT population in rural places it can be an even rougher experience. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports getting older for LGBT seniors in Central California often means going back into the closet. Early this year Van Vanlandingham had surgery.
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About

Ezra David Romero

Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Morning Edition Saturday, NPR's Morning Edition Sunday, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Here & Now, NPR Food, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.

Romero has worked with Valley Public Radio for about five 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. The series also was awarded a Golden Mike Award in 2015 by RTNA of Southern California for "Best Radio News Feature Series."

In 2016, he received won two Golden Mike Awards for best entertainment reporting and business reporting and consumer reporting. And in 2014 he was awarded two 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.

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Skills

  • reporting
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Video
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Radio