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Lesley McClurg

Former Food And Sustainability Reporter

Lesley McClurg was Capital Public Radio’s Food and Sustainability reporter until January 2016. Before coming to Sacramento, Lesley was in the Rockies covering energy and the environment for Colorado Public Radio. Her first radio gig was as a freelance reporter and producer for KUOW in Seattle. Prior to that, Lesley spent more than three years working for the PBS affiliate in Seattle, reporting and producing long-form segments for KCTS 9 Television. Lesley is an Edward R. Murrow award winner for hard news reporting.

In addition to her work in daily news, Lesley also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing. A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, she won an Emmy Award in 2009 for the documentary, “Green Prison Reform.”  Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University.

    Stories by Lesley McClurg

  • Navigating Life And Love When One Parent Is Undocumented

    March 24, 2016

    Bernardo Martinez Cordova came to the U.S. illegally and quickly found a job. He also found romance with American citizen Kara Davis. The young couple must navigate between two worlds as they raise their family, despite the threat of deportation.

  • Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

    Inside Look: Undocumented Workers Employed In The Shadows Of Restaurants

    February 1, 2016

    Washing dishes at a restaurant is hot, and grimy work. Plus, it’s low pay and often undependable. It’s estimated that 28 to 40 percent of dishwashers are living in California illegally. Why do some employers turn a blind eye?

  • Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

    Making Sense Of Egg Labels

    January 25, 2016

    Many consumers are increasingly animal-welfare conscious. But, when it comes to buying eggs the options can be overwhelming -- cage-free, organic, pasture-raised. Are the labels worth the extra money?

  • Stockton Mayor Calls For Town Hall To Review Water Treatment

    January 19, 2016

    The Mayor of Stockton is calling for a Town Hall meeting to discuss the city's recent decision to change how it treats water.

  • Alan Cordova / Flickr

    New Calif. Law Prohibits Discrimination Based on Immigration Status

    December 30, 2015

    A new California law provides civil rights protections to undocumented workers, or non-English speakers.

  • Succulents Optimal For Sacramento Gardens

    December 28, 2015

    If you're looking to keep your garden green through the winter some plants will do it better than others. A type of plant known as a succulent is ideal for this climate. Succulents can weather cooler temps in the winter and hot days in the summer.

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    California Leads The Country In Minimum Wage

    December 21, 2015

    California workers earning minimum wage will get an extra dollar an hour at the beginning of the year. The state raised the rate from $8 to $9 in July 2014. Soon it will be $10 an hour.

  • Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

    French Online Dining Service Available In Sacramento

    December 17, 2015

    A popular French online dining service is now available in Sacramento. Think of it like Airbnb for foodies. A local resident prepares a meal for travelers that's shared inside a home.

  • Mealworms Could Solve World's Plastic Problem

    December 4, 2015

    The solution to the world’s growing plastic problem could be mealworms, according to a recent study. Researchers have discovered that mealworms can chew and digest Styrofoam.

  • Teams Develop Apps For Ag Hackathon

    December 2, 2015

    Software developers, entrepreneurs and farmers are furiously collaborating at this week's Apps for Ag Hackathon at UC Davis. Teams have 36 hours to design the next innovative solution for agriculture.