Krista Almanzan

News Director & All Things Considered Host

Krista joined KAZU in 2007.  She is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of broadcast experience.  Her stories have won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and honors from the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association.  Prior to working at KAZU, Krista reported in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio and at television stations in Iowa.  Like KAZU listeners, Krista appreciates the in-depth, long form stories that are unique to public radio. She's pleased to continue that tradition in the Monterey Bay Area.

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Krista Almanzan

As Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra at a mass in Washington D.C., hundreds gathered at the Carmel Mission. Many came to honor the founder of the California mission system, but some were there to rebuke a man the church now calls a Saint. 

Church bells drew hundreds of people into the Basilica at Carmel Mission for a noon mass held just before Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra.

Krista Almanzan

Crews are making progress on the Tassajara Fire burning in Carmel Valley.  At 1086 acres, the fire is 30% contained.  Over the past twenty-four hours, the fire has not grown beyond its footprint, which Cal Fire’s Scott McLean says is a good sign.

“But on the flip side we can’t be complacent.  The Wragg Fire in northern California earlier this year is a prime example.  We had that fire contained.  We had that within that footprint, and unfortunately, an ember did come across that line later  and increased that acreage by 500 acres on that particular fire,” says McLean.

Mary Klotz


A wildfire deep in Carmel Valley has killed one person. CalFire says the person who died was a civilian, not a firefighter.  The fire also destroyed or damaged at least ten homes and a number of outbuildings.

There’s a mandatory evacuation order in effect for residents who live on Tassajara Road between Carmel Valley Road and Cachagua Road.  Also the communities of Cachagua and Jamesburg are under an evacuation advisory.

Fernando Aceves

For years, composer Philip Glass has hoped The Philip Glass Center could make its home on a ranch in Big Sur.   The vision is for a place where artists, scientists and conservationists can collaborate.  But earlier this year the US Forest Service rejected his application to lease the land.  Still it’s a plan Glass and his team don’t plan to abandon. 

Tyson V Ringer / BBC / Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay has made a dramatic comeback in recent decades ever since it was designated a National Marine Sanctuary back in 1992.  That’s what inspired the BBC and PBS to showcase the Monterey Bay in a three day live special that begins tonight on PBS.   I recently spoke with one of the producers of Big Blue Live, Bill Margol of PBS.  He took me on a tour of Big Blue Live’s home base at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.