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Julia Mitric

Food And Sustainability Reporter

As Food and Sustainability Reporter, Julia is committed to reporting about the impact of our food system on the health of Californians and their fellow citizens. She’ll cover the critical challenges facing the global food system. Julia will also explore food as the basis of culture, connection and community.

Before joining CapRadio staff, Julia contributed to The View From Here documentary series as a freelance reporter. She examined food insecurity in the overlooked neighborhoods of Sacramento for the award-winning documentary Hidden Hunger. In 2016, Julia reported the long-form project, Out of The Shadows and Into Marriage, a story mapping the intersection of undocumented immigration and marriage equality.

Julia’s roots are firmly anchored in public media. Before coming aboard at CapRadio, Julia worked as an independent audio producer based in Sacramento, working on short and long-form projects in northern California and throughout the country.

Julia began collecting audio stories in 1999 when she started working for NPR in Washington, DC. There, she worked with on the National Desk with a team of NPR reporters, producers and editors covering Congressional politics, education, immigration, homeland security and a broad mix of stories for All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Julia went on to become a staff field producer for NPR, based in DC but traveling to cover primaries leading up to the 2004 presidential election.

Before she landed in radio land, Julia spent time as a cook’s apprentice in Bologna, Italy, where she learned about the importance of making a good broth.

When Julia's headphones are off, she likes cooking with family and friends. When she can, she and her family travel in search of green markets, good stories and adventures in lands far and near.


    Stories by Julia Mitric

  • Robert Couse-Baker

    Food Producers Who Market Locally Offer Boost to Sacramento Region

    July 25, 2016

    UC Davis research finds local farmers and ranchers who sell directly to consumers have double the regional economic impact compared with food producers who don't participate in local marketing.

  • Ed Bierman / Flickr

    More Organic Material In California Landfills

    July 18, 2016

    California put 2 million tons more material into landfills in 2015 than in the previous year, according to new data from CalRecycle. 40 percent of that is made up of food waste and other organic material.

  • California Receives USDA Loans For Affordable Farmworker Housing

    July 15, 2016

    California will receive $18 million in US Department of Agriculture Loans for affordable farm worker housing.

  • Julia Mitric / Capital Public Radio

    Farm-To-Fork Summer School Educates Sacramento Youth

    July 11, 2016

    Sacramento State is teaming up with Sacramento's Convention and Visitors Bureau to offer Farm-to-Fork classes for high school students this week.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Out Of The Shadows And Into Marriage

    June 23, 2016

    For immigrants seeking U.S. residency, marriage provides a clear pathway. Being undocumented makes it complicated. Being gay made it impossible, until recently. His marriage was the last step in Juan Morales' 24-year journey out of the shadows.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Far From Plenty

    December 5, 2014

    At John Still K-8 in Meadowview all 970 students qualify for free lunch. A school resource specialist hands out free bags of food from the on-site pantry -- she wants each bag to link families to more resources.

  • Julia Mitric / Capital Public Radio

    Fits and Starts: Central Valley Economy Beginning To Bounce Back

    October 13, 2014

    As brutal as the Central Valley economy has fared over the last several years, it’s starting to bounce back. Our series “Fits and Starts” on California’s uneven economic recovery continues with a look at the Central Valley.

  • Ask A Neurologist: Dementia and Alzheimer's

    May 9, 2014

    Dr. John Schafer practices at Mercy Medical Group and is Rick and Marianne Rayburn’s neurologist. He is also the director of the Mercy MS Center and the Mercy Achievement Center, a program for wellness for people with MS as a chronic disorder.

  • To Have And Have Not

    May 9, 2014

    Rick Rayburn’s wife Marianne was a beloved schoolteacher and loving mother. But her dementia and a brain infection have changed their retirement plans. Rick is now a 24/7 caregiver. That doesn’t leave him enough time to take care of himself.

  • No Regrets, Just Keep It Moving

    September 20, 2013

    Unyque Jackson became pregnant in her senior year of high school. But, she didn’t see that as a reason to drop out. Through a school program providing childcare, credits and moral support, she graduated and is moving on with her life.