Stories by 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.
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.
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.
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.
- May 22, 2017
- 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.
- May 3, 2017
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands
KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.
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.
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.
- Jan. 23, 2017
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.
Atkins' first term in the Senate is expected to be a busy one as California legislators grapple with homegrown problems like affordable housing and infrastructure repair, along with national issues like health care and immigration.
We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.
- Dec. 5, 2016
- By Megan Burke
Throughout his career, Gilbert Castellanos said, he's been inspired to be a “jazz messenger” for the next generation of musicians. He is now molding young musical minds as the artistic director for the non-profit International Academy of Jazz, an after school program.
What started out as an event to keep out-of-school kids occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday has transformed into a turkey tradition at UC San Diego's Geisel Library.
Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."
The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.
At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.
More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.
Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.
- Sept. 19, 2016
- By Megan Burke
Imagine getting a letter out of the blue that said your kind words and caring gestures helped a child to achieve her dreams. That's what happened to Monica Medina, the director of diversity, engagement and grants here at KPBS.
A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.
After more than 25 years of legal battles over the cross on top of Mt. Soledad, the dispute has quietly ended in a settlement.
Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.
Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.
José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.
Bishop Robert McElroy talks about his support for Proposition 62, which would eliminate California's death penalty.
The San Diego City Council will vote Monday afternoon on how the city's new minimum wage will be enforced.
Meth-related deaths in the county spiked 67 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. KPBS Midday Edition discusses treating addiction with a local alcohol and drug treatment center.
A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.
The San Diego Police Department takes part in an international law enforcement dance-off inspired by the "Running Man" challenge, the latest dance trend to sweep the internet. The goal: get some recruits.
He won a Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank in Bangladesh that loans money to financially disadvantaged people. His advice to this year's college graduates? Don't just submit to the world they've inherited.
The award-winning journalist has spent years exploring how war affects human beings. His new book challenges people's understanding of PTSD.
The chorus was supposed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s Padres game, but instead a female singer’s recording played. We have the group’s version of the national anthem that you can listen to.
Kathryn Kanjo, who will take over as CEO in October as the museum celebrates its 75th anniversary, discusses what's in store.
In its 100 years, the zoo has grown from a few abandoned animals in the park to a global zoological society.
A parent who said she complained to the Santee School District that her children were being bullied now says the district responded by offering her money to drive her kids to another school district.
Sarah Collins Rudolph was 12 years old when her sister and three friends were killed by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan at a church basement in Alabama.
The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.
There's a shake-up going on in one of San Diego County's most highly regarded school districts.