Krista Almanzan is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow she was the news director and a reporter at KAZU, the NPR station for California’s Monterey Bay area. As a reporter, she has covered the fight to close one of the last coastal sand mines in the U.S., the children of Salinas Valley farm workers navigating their way to careers in Silicon Valley, and monks who train as firefighters to protect their remote monastery. She is the primary editor for KAZU’s tiny but widely respected news team. In her time leading the station’s coverage, reporters have earned 22 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, one National Murrow Award, and numerous national honors from Public Radio News Directors Inc. She is part of an NPR reporting collaboration called Back at Base, a project that covers military issues. She is also a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. She started her journalism career in Iowa covering presidential elections, tornadoes and holiday parades for local television stations.