Ezra David Romero

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 worked with Valley Public Radio from 2012-2017. 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 January he was awarded a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association for Southern California for this series. He beat out some of the largest radio stations in the state.

In 2015 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.



California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of an agency chief after discovering a large increase in new fracking permits. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero has more.

The decision to fire Ken Harris came Thursday, hours after new data revealed permits for hydraulic fracturing were issued at twice last year's rate. Harris lead the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.


The report also found eight state oil and gas regulators have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in the oil companies they regulate.


Imagine renting a room at a hotel and there's no pocket-size toiletries in sight. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that could be the new reality in California.

Inspired by Santa Cruz County banning tiny toiletries last year Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra wants to do the same statewide.

[KALRA] "On average only 30 percent of the product in the bottle is used. There's a lot of waste."

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More than a million species are at risk of extinction globally. That's what the United Nations revealed yesterday [Monday]. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports around 300 species are at risk in California.

A handful of plants and animals have already disappeared from the state like the Santa Barbara song sparrow. About a dozen are currently at risk of extinction says Dan Applebee with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


The idea of phasing out California's 25-thousand polluting diesel school buses will have to wait another year before it could become law in California. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports.

There are very few electric school buses in the state and diesel school buses emit around 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gases ever year nationally.

San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu's bill to help begin to phase them out was recently tabled until 2020 for revision. Chiu's reason for authoring the bill is personal.


Heat waves can be deadly and costly.  Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports new findings show forecasters may now have a better understanding of when heat waves could hit California.

Within two weeks after heavy rains over the Indian Ocean California often goes through a heat wave. As the climate warms those heat waves could worsen, says UC Davis' Richard Grotjahn who analyzed 24 heat waves in the state since 1979.

He says a 10-day heat wave caused over a billion dollars in damage to the dairy industry in 2006 and caused around 600-heat related deaths.

Single-use tobacco products like cigarettes or vapes could become a thing of the past if some California lawmakers get their way. CapRadio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Cigarette butts top the list of the most littered items worldwide at more than 1.6 billion pounds. They're made of plastic and aren't readily biodegradable. That's why Santa Barbara Democratic Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced a bill to ban them and other single-use products in California.

California got some good news today [Tuesday] for the state's water supply. The snowpack is well above average reports Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero.

Statewide the snowpack is 162 percent of average. That's thanks to more than 30 atmospheric rivers that brought storms this winter and now spring. 

The snowpack provides about 30 percent of the state's water supply as it melts and is released from reservoirs. Chris Orrock is with the California Department of Water Resources. He says the April results are usually a sign of what to expect in spring and summer.


Did you dissect a frog or worm or shark in school? Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that could become a thing of the past in California.

Judie Mancuso refused to dissect frogs back when she was in high school. She says many students don't feel comfortable dissecting an animal.

[MANCUSO] "I've heard many stories where kids are bullied. They're like, you know, wimpy because they're not participating.”


California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on wildfires today [Friday]. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Newsom made the declaration in Lake County, which has been devastated by recent wildfires. The executive order expedites forest-thinning projects that could help protect 200 communities in fire prone parts of the state.

Some environmental groups applaud the decision. Jay Ziegler is with The Nature Conservancy.


The Green New Deal nationally includes social justice goals that aren't always attached to plans to fight climate change.  Captial Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on how California climate policies began.


Last month congressional freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped lay out a grand plan for the nation to address climate change. It's called the Green New Deal.

"We must be as ambitious and innovative in our solution as possible." [6 seconds]

It draws from California's climate goals. But does California need a new Green New Deal of its own? CapRadio's Ezra David Romero explores.

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A small protest in East Sacramento last night (Monday) grew into a much larger event involving about 100 riot police and 84 arrests.  The protest was in response to the Sacramento County District Attorney's decsiion not to charge the police officers who shot and killed an unarmed Stephon Clark in his grandparents back yard a year ago.  the 22-year-old Clark - who is black - was holding a cellphone that police say they thought was a gun.  The California Report's Penny Nelson speaks with Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero, who was at the protest.

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After police officers fatally shot vandalism suspect Stephon Clark in his grandmother's back yard in Sacramento last year, large crowds of demonstrators marched in the streets.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, the mood after the Sacramento County District Attorney cleared the officers of charges this past weekend was... a bit different.

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Another "atmospheric river" is moving over California this week.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains what this means for the state.


The Trump Administration announced yesterday (Thursday) it will no longer allow California to have tougher fuel efficiency standards than the rest of the nation.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.


In 60 years, the climate in cities across the U.S. could shift drastically.  As Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains, now there's a web tool to see how your city could change.




The California cement industry - including in the Inland Empire - could be forced to clean up its act.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.


Paper receipts could become a thing of the past if a new California bill becomes law.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Californians are talking about how to clean up the state's dense forests and make them safer from wildfire.  But what does it cost to do this?  Cap[ital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero visits the Tahoe National Forest in Norther California to find out.


Californi relies on the snowpack for nearly a third of its water supply.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero rfeports, it's predicted to drasticaly shrink.


Thanks to a siries of recent storms, the Sierra Nevada has plenty of snow.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on what this means for the water year.

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Even though large wildfires have become common in California, they are still taking many by surprise.  They are often deadly, like the Camp Fire that killed 85 people.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, Some people didn't evacuate... and survived.

A challenge to further cut back emissions was issues last week at California's Global Climate Action Summit. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has details.



Thousands of activists, researchers, and scientists are gathering in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra DAvid Romero has a preview.

A panel of experts on forest and fire management testified for hours yesterday (Tuesday 8/14) at a hearing in Sacramento with little to show for it.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the fourth such meeting of its kind.

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It's peak tourist season in Yosemite, but the most popular destination is eerily quiet.  There are no hiker on trails or climbers on the Valley's cliffs, because smoke from the Ferguson Fire has shut down parts of the park indefinitely.  In Capital Public Radio's latest "Yosemiteland" podcast episode, reporter Ezra David Romero discusses how fire might alter the park's iconic landscape.


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More than half-a-million heavy-duty trucks made by Cummins will be recalled nationwide due to excessive emissions.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has more on the recall prompted by a California investigation.

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The fight over whether PG&E is liable for last year's fires in Northern California is ongoing.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports that Cal Fire blames the utility for causing many of them.

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Half-a-century ago, there were only 30 pairs of bald eagles mating in California.  Today, that populaiton has jumped, thanks to a nationwide effort.  But it still isn't easy.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the lengths wildlife experts go to save America's national bird.

A proposition on the June 5 ballot originally focused on oparks now includes $4 million for things like water quality projects, including in Inland Southern California.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.