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Capital Public Radio Announces Major Project on Sacramento’s Meadowview Neighborhood

The station is spending a year in the community with engagement and journalism activities.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento, CA - March 21, 2019: Capital Public Radio is pleased to announce Making Meadowview, the latest documentary-engagement project from its award-winning series, The View From Here.

When Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police last year, the nation’s eyes turned toward Meadowview. With its long-held reputation as a place plagued by drugs and violence being discussed on the national stage, Meadowview found itself in an identity crisis. To some, the police killing of Clark and the ensuing media attention reinforced Meadowview’s reputation, but those who live in Meadowview see their neighborhood much differently.

This year, The View From Here explores Meadowview by taking a look at the complex history that led to the neighborhood’s modern day image, revealing challenges and misconceptions, and finding creative solutions for the future. Making Meadowview tells the stories of residents who live and work in the area and leaders who are remaking Meadowview for the next generation.

“This is an opportunity for us to cultivate long-term relationships in Meadowview in order to discover and tell powerful, authentic personal stories that accurately reflect the community,” says Linnea Edmeier, Managing Editor of News and Information at CapRadio.

As part of the year-long Making Meadowview project, CapRadio has already held over a half-dozen listening sessions and events in which residents, teachers, students, clergy, law enforcement and others have shared their experiences with each other and the station’s reporters.

The View From Here continues its engagement efforts with a History Festival at the Pannell Community Center in Meadowview on Saturday, March 23. The Festival will bring people from the community together for a chance to tell their stories and share their experiences and history in the neighborhood.

Making Meadowview will be told online and through a multi-episode podcast. The Making Meadowview podcast trailer is available now, and the podcast series will launch later this summer. Over the next several months, stories, events and interactive media will debut on The View From Here: Making Meadowview website at capradio.org/meadowview. 

About Capital Public Radio

Capital Public Radio is the NPR member station serving the California Capital Region, Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. With historically high levels of listenership and support from its members, CapRadio is a trusted and indispensable source of information, music and entertainment, and it strengthens the civic and cultural life of the communities it serves. With seven frequencies and over 470,000 listeners, CapRadio has one mission: to build stronger communities by listening deeper.


Christopher A. Bruno