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As CapRadio's Food and Sustainability Reporter from 2016-2019, Julia was 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 also explored 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.
August 11, 2019
A roving urban farm truck could bring vegetables and fruit directly to West Sacramento neighborhoods where residents experience food insecurity.
August 1, 2019
Since the late ’80s, KBIF has slowly but steadily cultivated a niche for itself by serving as a cultural hub for Fresno’s Hmong and Punjabi communities.
July 12, 2019
City council member Jay Schenirer wants to see the 5-acre parcel become a teaching farm for people who want to start careers in urban agriculture.
June 14, 2019
The Sacramento City Unified School District reassigned an administrator working to coordinate resources for student support centers as it works to close a $26 million deficit. But advocates worry students will miss out on needed resources.
June 6, 2019
The tradition beloved by customers recently went on hiatus after a complaint was made to the county health department. But with a few changes, the popcorn machine is back in action.
June 5, 2019
There are over 6,000 vacant lots in the city. Oak Park neighbors and community groups are slowly transforming one into an ‘edible art garden.’
May 29, 2019
Valeria Romo Mejía, who fled Paradise during the Camp Fire, looks back on a tumultuous year abroad in California.
May 21, 2019
A law legalizing "micro-enterprise kitchens" in California went into effect in January, but counties must opt-in. Starting in June, home cooks in Riverside will be able to apply for a permit to sell up to 60 home-cooked meals a week.
May 6, 2019
The funding will go to 36 food banks, local agencies and companies that work to get surplus food to those who need it instead of letting it end up in California’s waste stream.
April 26, 2019
The students traveled to NASA's Langley Research center in Virginia on Tuesday to present their entry to the BIG Idea Challenge.