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.
January 18, 2019
State lawyers have given the final okay to a regulation allowing home cannabis deliveries statewide, even in communities that have banned sales of commercial cannabis.
December 28, 2018
California will limit the kinds of rules and punishments local governments can impose on sidewalk vendors under a law going into effect Jan. 1.
December 27, 2018
The majority of California produce meets national pesticide standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.
December 21, 2018
California will expand overtime rules for farmworkers starting in 2019, but other changes will be phased in gradually.
December 18, 2018
The FDA says its investigation into the source of an outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to California romaine has led to a farm in Santa Barbara county. But the agency says that's not where the story ends.
December 18, 2018
For only the second time in a century, the number of U.S. farmers under age 35 is increasing. New farmers in California are quickly realizing being good at growing kale isn’t enough to keep a farm afloat. Could business mentorship programs help?
December 13, 2018
There will be more federal funding for agriculture research under the Farm Bill passed by Congress this week. But the legislation mainly preserves the status quo.
November 8, 2018
California Food Banks are taking in large volumes of frozen meat, milk and produce from the USDA. It’s part of the Trump administration’s effort to aid U.S. farmers hit by counter-tariffs from China.
November 7, 2018
Californians faced 11 ballot measures this November, on everything from affordable housing to farm animal confinement and whether to keep daylight saving time. Here's how the measures fared Tuesday night.
November 2, 2018
Veterans who want to work in agriculture need training and experience. A recent step by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could make it easier for vets to take part in a farmer apprenticeship program based in Winters.