News Stringer Project

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About the KFCF News Stringer Project

The News Stringer Project is a collaboration between KFCF and the KPFA News Department to create a funding base for Valley-based journalists to file regular reports on Valley news and events for the Pacifica Evening News. The Pacifica Evening News is a comprehensive, one-hour, state-wide daily news program bringing together the news gathering resources of Pacifica stations KPFA in Berkeley, KFCF in Fresno and KPFK in Los Angeles, and broadcasting to three-quarters of California.

The San Joaquin Valley is, in many important ways, California's new frontier. This is especially true about reporting on the natural and human environment. The geography defines our lives. A broad agricultural valley bounded by mountain ranges. It's a place where water is the lifeblood of natural ecosystems and of industry. Civilization made possible and driven by natural resource exploitation in myriad forms - water, soil, trees, rocks and air. Valley resources are forged into products by the blood, sweat and tears and ingenuity of its people. The Valley simultaneously looks backward and forward, in a region where world-class innovation and third-world class conflict can awkwardly endure side-by-side. Telling the Valley's stories will hopefully contribute to a deeper understanding by all Californians about people events that shape our collective future.

The News Stringer Fund is made possible because of generous donations beyond membership made by listener-sponsors of KFCF Radio.

About News Stringer Project Reporter Vic Bedoian

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Vic Bedoian (left) covering a press conference at Fresno City Hall. Photo courtesy of Mike Rhodes, editor of the Community Alliance newspaper.
Vic Bedoian is a freelance journalist based in the California Heartland. Vic works primarily in radio news, covering natural resource issues in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding mountain areas, such as water, food and farming, climate change, environmental justice, and Sierra Nevada ecology. Vic grew up in the San Joaquin Valley on a vineyard near Fresno and graduated from Fresno City College and the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Physics. Most of his radio experience has been with Pacifica Radio. From 1972 - 1977, he was a Staff Producer at KPFA-FM, responsible for reporting, producing news broadcasts, and crafting documentary presentations on a wide range of topics and breaking news stories. From 1977 - 1982 and again from 1989 - 1996, Vic managed his family farm near Sanger, and was a frequent correspondent for KPFA Radio, reporting on news and issues of importance in the region. He also produced The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, a monthly program from KFCF focusing on environmental topics. From 1996 - 2008 Vic was General Manager and Program Director of KFCF-FM and Executive Director of the Fresno Free College Foundation.

News Stringer Project Stories

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Residents sue state for clean water
Area groups sue EPA over air quality
Delta Water Diversions court ruling
Water specialists resign over research
Concerns about selenium discharges into San Joaquin River
Toxics at Kettleman City (April 9, 2010)
Toxics at Kettleman City (April 16, 2010)
A story on Jesse Morrow Mountain
A reunion of those who climbed El Capitain in 1958
A story on the city cracking down on median island panhandlers
Hmong New Years celebrations marred by news from Thailand
A story on critics of the air quality board asking a director to resign
A story about a reunion of El Capitan climbers
A story on the San Joaquin River water issues
The Fresno Independent Police Auditor
Fresno Police accused of beating homeless man
Michelle Obama at UC Merced commencement
May Day in Fresno
California's 9th Congressional District Race
California's 10th Congressional District Race
California's 21st Congressional District Race
Central Valley Meat Plant Shut Down Over Animal Cruelty
Delta Film Vehicle for Advocates
Environmental Groups Sue California to Force Fracking Regulations
Governor Signs Human Right to Water Act
Jesse Morrow Mine Defeated
Prop 37 Right To Know Report
Valley Citizens Lobby Lawmakers for Clean Air
Valley Progressives Protest Paul Ryan Fundraiser