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Former Food And Sustainability Reporter
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.
April 24, 2019
A bill that would put more organic food on school lunch trays in California is working its way through the Legislature. It would launch a $2 million pilot program to help a handful of school districts purchase organic foods from California growers.
April 24, 2019
The average age of a California farmer is 59. Who will grow our food when today’s farmers retire?
April 19, 2019
A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market.
March 29, 2019
California currently has 16 confirmed cases of measles from Los Angeles to Butte county. Infants under one year old are among the most vulnerable.
Are Agriculture Officials In California Considering Safer Alternatives For Pesticides? A New Study Say No.
March 21, 2019
Growers who want to apply restricted pesticides must get a permit from a county agricultural commissioner. Those officials are required to consider safer alternatives. But that’s not happening, according to a new study from UCLA researchers.
March 7, 2019
Students left class on Thursday at Sacramento City College to demonstrate against the decisions by state and local prosecutors not to charge the officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark.
February 28, 2019
A CapRadio listener wanted to know where the green waste from her Land Park yard goes once the city picks up the curbside bin. Food and Sustainability reporter Julia Mitric followed the trail.
Davis Researchers Have Helped Map The Strawberry Genome, Which Could Lead To Healthier, Tastier Berries
February 25, 2019
Now that scientists have mapped the strawberry genome, they say having this genetic roadmap could lead the way to breeding disease resistant berries.
February 13, 2019
Love it or not, Valentine's Day is here. It’s not easy for vegan and vegetarian singles to find a like-minded date. That’s where Veg Speed Date comes in.
Rosé Still On Winemakers Minds All Day As Industry Converged On Annual ‘Symposium’ Wine Convention In Sacramento
February 1, 2019
Winemakers and grape growers flocked to downtown Sacramento this week for an international wine expo, where many want to hop on the California rosé bandwagon.