Krista Almanzan is a JSK Senior Journalism Fellow. She is also an alumna of the JSK Class of 2019-2020. Prior to her fellowship, Almanzan was a reporter and the news director at KAZU, the NPR station for the Monterey Bay area in California.
In her time leading the station’s coverage, reporters won 26 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, one National Murrow Award, and numerous national honors from the Public Media Journalists Association. Almanzan has also been a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. She started her journalism career in Iowa covering presidential elections and tornadoes for local television stations.
As a JSK Senior Journalism Fellow, Almanzan is working on collaborations to help small local newsrooms produce quality audio stories for news deserts and other underserved communities in California. Her Local Audio Collaboration Initiative will provide journalists with the assistance and training they need to produce quality audio versions of their news stories for distribution by podcast or radio.