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First Person: Veterans Museum's Poet Laureate On Honoring All Who S...

First Person: Veterans Museum's Poet Laureate On Honoring All Who Served

Nov. 6
By Marissa Cabrera

Alyce Smith-Cooper, the first poet laureate at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, talks about how she is paying tribute to the "unsung and unacknowledged" heroes of the U.S. military.

First Person: Telling Students They, Too, Can Go From Compton To Ne...

First Person: Telling Students They, Too, Can Go From Compton To Neurobiology

Oct. 30
By Megan Burks

University of California faculty who were the first in their families to go to college are making an effort this year to connect with first-generation students. “You would not have predicted that I would be a full professor,” says a UC San Diego neurobiologist.

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith...

First Person: The 2007 Wildfire Took Our Home But 'We Had Our Faith, Our Friends And Our Family'

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth

Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat were on a family vacation in Colorado when they learned their Rancho Bernardo home burned down in the Witch Creek fire in 2007.

First Person: Farmhand To Flower Tycoon

First Person: Farmhand To Flower Tycoon

Oct. 2
By Michael Lipkin

Ismael Resendiz started his farming career when he was about 13, cutting sugarcane with his father and brothers in Sinaloa, Mexico. Now he is one of the largest suppliers of protea, exotic flowers originally from South Africa.

First Person: Diane And Richard Nares

First Person: Diane And Richard Nares

Sept. 25
By Megan Burke

Their life together started like a storybook romance and then was tested by a devastating loss. Now married 24 years, they have turned personal tragedy into a commitment to help others.

First Person: After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San Diego Song...

First Person: After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San Diego Songwriter 'Hopes It All Matters'

Sept. 18
By Marissa Cabrera

As the co-founder of the Redwoods Music, a San Diego-based record label, Alfred Howard writes lyrics for five bands that span various genres. Since moving to San Diego nearly 20 years ago, he's recorded 21 albums.

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since ...

First Person: Balboa Park Carousel Operator Has Worked There Since He Was 16, Now He's 60

Sept. 11
By Brooke Ruth

Not many people work at the same place from their first day of work until retirement. But Bill Brown has.

First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

Aug. 28
By Megan Burke

Since 2012, Bob Schultze and his Italian greyhound, Hudson, have made more than 200 visits to memory care units, senior centers, the VA and palliative care facilities in San Diego, all in an effort to help people feel better and spread a little four-legged joy.

First Person: Holocaust Survivor Reflects On Charlottesville

First Person: Holocaust Survivor Reflects On Charlottesville

Aug. 21
By Michael Lipkin

Fanny Krasner Lebovits has shared her story of surviving the Holocaust with thousands of people, hoping similar hatred won't be allowed to flourish. So she was aghast as she watched coverage of the white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, some carrying Nazi flags.

First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who attended Jacumba Middle School will not be returning to that school when classes begin on Aug. 21.

First Person: San Diego Tribal Elder Turns 100

First Person: San Diego Tribal Elder Turns 100

July 17
By Michael Lipkin

Soon after Joe Renteria was born 100 years ago in Emporia, Kansas, his Cherokee parents placed him in a Catholic orphanage. It wasn't until he came to San Diego decades later that he began to think about his heritage.

Neither Male Nor Female: 'Nonbinary' People See Hope In California ...

Neither Male Nor Female: 'Nonbinary' People See Hope In California Bill

July 3
By Andrew Bowen

A bill in Sacramento, authored by Senator Toni Atkins, would allow people to choose a third gender option, "nonbinary," on state documents. KPBS spoke with one person who identifies as nonbinary to see what the bill would mean to them.

First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Re...

First Person: San Diego Nonprofit Brings Yoga To Those Trying To Rebuild Their Lives

June 19
By Brooke Ruth

OG Yoga is a San Diego nonprofit that brings yoga to those who may not normally be exposed to the practice. That can include those dealing with poverty, abuse, incarceration and PTSD.

First Person: ‘We Are Us Because Of The Lovings’

First Person: ‘We Are Us Because Of The Lovings’

June 12
By Marissa Cabrera

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which overturned laws prohibiting interracial marriage, Amy and Jamie Wise of San Diego are sharing their own love story.

First Person: Singing About Mental Illness

First Person: Singing About Mental Illness

June 5
By Michael Lipkin

Musician Veronica May was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, and her latest album focuses on her experiences with mania and depression.

First Person: San Diego Foster Youth Heads To College

First Person: San Diego Foster Youth Heads To College

May 22
By Megan Burke

Before all the pomp and circumstance of high school commencement ceremonies in June, a small group of San Diego high school seniors will celebrate another graduation, from foster care.

First Person: Imprisoned For Murder

First Person: Imprisoned For Murder

May 15
By Michael Lipkin

Putting on his high school football uniform made Billy Johnson feel like he was part of a family and let him dream about college and a possible sports career. But Johnson said he got involved in selling drugs and eventually killed his dealer. In 1992 he was sentenced to 16 years-to-life in prison.

First Person: First Latina In Space To Be Inducted Into US Astronau...

First Person: First Latina In Space To Be Inducted Into US Astronaut Hall of Fame

May 8
By Marissa Cabrera

In 1993, La Mesa native Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina to travel to space. As a NASA astronaut she went on four space missions and logged almost 1,000 hours in orbit.

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice

April 24
By Marissa Cabrera

Like many teens who grew up in Barrio Logan, Francisco Martinez suffers from asthma. His condition led his mom to join the fight for environmental justice. Now, he’s following in her footsteps.

First Person: Artist Shinpei Takeda Explores 'Fobias' In Latest Exh...

First Person: Artist Shinpei Takeda Explores 'Fobias' In Latest Exhibit

April 10
By Brooke Ruth

The exhibit is titled "Fobia," which is the Spanish word for phobia and is a more general term, Takeda said. The exhibit is on display at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery through Thursday.

First Person: Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community

First Person: Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community

April 3
By Michael Lipkin

Can police officers and the people they protect have honest conversations about race and their own biases?

First Person: Latina Muslim Reflects On Her Faith, President Trump’...

First Person: Latina Muslim Reflects On Her Faith, President Trump’s Policies

March 27
By Marissa Cabrera

Mayte Gutierrez, 25, of San Diego talks about how she found Islam and the impact of President Trump’s policies on the Muslim and Latino communities.

First Person: Bosnian Refugee Traces Her Escape From War

First Person: Bosnian Refugee Traces Her Escape From War

March 20
By Tarryn Mento

For a look at what happens long before refugees arrive on America’s doorstep, we revisit the Bosnian war. Former refugee Senka is a biotech executive now living in San Diego.

First Person: Becoming The First Mexican-American Woman Federal Judge

First Person: Becoming The First Mexican-American Woman Federal Judge

March 13
By Brooke Ruth

Irma Gonzalez was one of six women inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame earlier this month. She was the first Mexican-American woman to serve as a federal judge in the United States.

First Person: High-School Robotics Leader

First Person: High-School Robotics Leader

March 6
By Michael Lipkin

Grace Engleman, 16, was the only girl on her high school’s freshman robotics team. So when a group of her classmates wanted to form an all-girls team last summer, she was the natural choice to lead.

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