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Stories by Megan Burke

Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Oct. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuan...

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuana Sewage Spills

Oct. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.

Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

San Diegans React To Las Vegas Mass Shooting

San Diegans React To Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Oct. 4
By Megan Burke

It's only been a few days since a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people attending the Harvest 91 Country Music Festival, and injured more than 500. Many of us, all across America, are asking why and how such a tragedy could happen. We asked members of the KPBS Public Insight Network how the mass shooting is affecting them personally.

San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Rou...

San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

Oct. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Sept. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident," journalist Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, wrote. "But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash."

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.

My First Day (As A Navy Seal) Episode 12

My First Day (As A Navy Seal) Episode 12

Sept. 6
By Megan Burke

Episode 12 brings us the story of Ben Betz who moved to Coronado to become a Navy SEAL. He describes his experience during the most infamous part of training, "hell week" on the KPBS podcast, "My First Day."

My First Day Episode 11: Jamex And Einar De La Torre

My First Day Episode 11: Jamex And Einar De La Torre

Aug. 30
By Megan Burke

The de la Torre brothers live on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border. Exhibitions of their glass sculptures have been held at galleries and museums around the world. In San Diego, their work is on permanent display at the San Diego downtown main library and at the San Diego International Airport among other locations.

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.

Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Right...

Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Rights Bills

Aug. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As the White House finalizes plans on barring transgender individuals in the military, California legislators are considering a bill to require transgender rights training. It would be the first law in the nation to require business to offer training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

KPBS Community Outreach Manager Reflects On Being From Charlottesville

KPBS Community Outreach Manager Reflects On Being From Charlottesville

Aug. 17
By Megan Burke

Over the past few days, Americans have gotten to know Charlottesville, Virginia, as the place where racial violence erupted, killing and injuring protestors. But one of our colleagues at KPBS knows Charlottesville in a very different way — as her hometown.

My First Day Episode 9

My First Day Episode 9

Aug. 16
By Megan Burke

The ninth episode brings us the story of Victoria Barrana who came to San Diego in 1999 to learn English. At the time she had recently been disappointed by a rejection from medical school in her native Brazil, and was unsure of what to do with her life.

Registrar Responds To Claims San Diego Has More Registered Voters T...

Registrar Responds To Claims San Diego Has More Registered Voters Than Are Eligible

Aug. 11
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

A conservative legal group is accusing San Diego County of not doing enough to keep track of who should be allowed to vote.

My First Day Episode 8

My First Day Episode 8

Aug. 9
By Megan Burke

The eighth episode brings us the story of Somalia-native Famo Musa who emigrated to San Diego from a refugee camp in Kenya in 2004, when she was twelve. She came with her parents and five sisters. She spoke no English when she started the seventh grade.

What's Up With The Humidity In San Diego?

What's Up With The Humidity In San Diego?

Aug. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans have been slogging through a wave of summer weather that feels more like the Florida Everglades than sunny San Diego. The question is, when will it end?

Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires SDSU Class On Black Minds In E...

Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires SDSU Class On Black Minds In Education

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A portion of the eight-week class, Black Minds Matter, will be free and open to the public via a live webcast.

My First Day Episode 7

My First Day Episode 7

Aug. 2
By Megan Burke

The seventh episode brings us the story of David Bejarano who retired in December after a 35-year career in law enforcement in San Diego and Chula Vista. Bejarano first arrived in December 1977 to be with his then-girlfriend, Esperanza, who had also recently moved from El Paso, Texas.

Salk, UC San Diego Scientists Reveal First Look At 3-D Structure Of...

Salk, UC San Diego Scientists Reveal First Look At 3-D Structure Of DNA

July 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Salk and UC San Diego researchers have revealed for the first time the 3-D structure of DNA in living human cells. The discovery is expected to impact scientists ability to design drugs for hard to treat diseases.

My First Day Episode 6

My First Day Episode 6

July 26
By Megan Burke

The sixth episode brings us the story of Magda Marquet who moved to San Diego in 1986 from Europe. She came with her husband who was about to begin a post-doctorate program at UC San Diego.

My First Day Episode 5

My First Day Episode 5

July 19
By Megan Burke

The fifth episode brings us the story of Captain Jack Ensch who moved with his young family to San Diego in 1966 to begin his military career as a naval aviator. This coincided with the time that the Vietnam War was ramping up.

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan,...

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan, French Chef

July 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Celebrated French chef Jean-Christian Jury has cooked in restaurants and kitchens across the globe. A heart attack led him to embrace a vegan diet more than a decade ago. Now Jury has written "Vegan - The Cookbook" which he hopes will make plant-based foods accessible and appealing to more people.

'My First Day' Episode 4

'My First Day' Episode 4

July 12
By Megan Burke

The fourth episode of the podcast brings us the story of Mohammad Farazian who moved from Iran to San Diego 14 years ago to pursue a doctorate in electrical engineering at UC San Diego.

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In S...

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In Sacramento

July 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Could state policies be improved by a greater understanding of the lingering effects of childhood trauma?

'My First Day' Episode 3

'My First Day' Episode 3

July 5
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governo...

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governor's Race

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times reports Republican Party leaders, including House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and state party chairman Jim Brulte, are part of an effort to recruit Faulconer because, "he is viewed as the strongest possible contender."

'My First Day' Episode 2

'My First Day' Episode 2

June 28
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New...

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New Book By UC San Diego Scientist

June 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Is it OK for my child to eat dirt? Should I get a dog? What causes colic? Are microbes to blame? Those are just a few of the questions Rob Knight, a co-founder of the American Gut project, has been asked over the years by new parents and parents-to-be concerned about how to keep their children safe and healthy.

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

June 23
By Alison St John, City News Service, Megan Burke

A long-term investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has led to one of the nation's largest seizures of fentanyl and a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers, federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Monday.

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

June 21
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

My First Day is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

June 16
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A plan to build more than 2,000 new homes in the hills north of San Marcos is now open for public review. An 8,000 page environmental review has been released and the public has 60 days to respond.

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done T...

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done Today

May 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Speaking Thursday at UC San Diego's Institute of the America's annual energy conference, Sempra Vice President Patrick Lee said the technology exists today for a total reliance on renewable energy.

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.

Mom Looks Beyond Modern Medicine To Help Her Young Son With Crippli...

Mom Looks Beyond Modern Medicine To Help Her Young Son With Crippling Arthritis

May 3
By Megan Burke

Journalist Susannah Meadows wrote about her son's miraculous recovery, and the stories of others who refused to give up hope in the face of daunting medical challenges, in a new book.

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of ...

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of Trump

April 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times Friday published the final installment of a weeklong series of editorials laying out a blistering critique of the presidency and personality of Donald Trump.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immig...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immigration Agents

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to an inquiry from the San Diego City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his clearest indication yet that the city will not participate in any attempt to deputize local law enforcement as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructur...

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

March 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Baja California's governor is expected to declare a state of emergency in response to last month's massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River.

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

March 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

They're collecting signatures and some even plan to show up at the San Diego City Council meeting on Tuesday to ask for a change to the city code.

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

Feb. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The answer is no, but what does the abundance of rain mean for the health of plant life? How can gardeners make the most of the wet weather?

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Members of the grassroots movement Indivisible have been calling on the members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Sy...

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Symposium

Feb. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Pinsky and members of the Point Loma Nazarene University Jazz Combo preview their performance Tuesday on Midday Edition.

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores...

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May...

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

Jan. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Ex...

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

Jan. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

Jan. 23
By Megan Burke

Encinitas resident Diáne Mandle uses sound to help others reduce their pain and stress. She is a sound healer and creates percussive sounds by playing Tibetan bowls.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

Jan. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

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