Stories by Megan Burke
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
- 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.
Known as Ped West, the crossing was to open in June but has been delayed until August. That's one of the announcements made after a delegation of San Diego business and government leaders visited Mexico City this week.
The California Insurance Commissioner said more than $400 million in settlement has been paid to California beneficiaries alone.
A bill that's advancing through the California Legislature would create a legal pathway to erase any non-violent arrest or conviction put on a person's record while he or she was a victim of human trafficking.
A report published this week by a consortium of California civil rights groups documents racial disparities in the number of Californians whose drivers licenses were suspended because of unpaid tickets.
Award-winning video game creator Asi Burak from Israel developed Peacemaker, a game won by peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He's giving a lecture at the University of San Diego's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on Tuesday.
Jake Shimabukuro says his mom began teaching him how to play the ukulele when he was 4. He performs Thursday night at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.
A massive natural gas leak last year near Los Angeles could lead to 14 days of power outages this summer in Southern California, including San Diego County.
The Independent Voter Project wants the city of San Diego to adopt the top two vote-getter system currently used by the state. That would mean that no candidate could win outright in the June primary.
The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.
As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.
The San Diego Humane Society currently has more than 50 kittens in its nursery.
More than 50 years after U.S. ground troops entered Vietnam, three San Diego Vietnam War veterans are being honored at a ceremony hosted by the VA and other San Diego veterans organizations.
Biologist Joseph Wilson, who's giving a lecture at San Diego Natural History Museum Thursday night, says folks who fear the little insects usually have the wrong impression.
The San Diego Chargers are preparing to announce their own ballot initiative proposal to finance a downtown stadium and convention center expansion.
The Syrian refugee crisis has entered its fifth year this month, and San Diego has welcomed fewer refugees than expected since President Obama announced a national increase in the number of approved asylum seekers last year.
A San Diego City Council committee this week will hear a proposal to increase the power of the San Diego Citizens Police Review Board. The proposal includes giving the board subpoena power and the ability to work with independent investigators and independent counsel.
- March 21
- By Megan Burke
KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero was named one of the finalists for the prestigious PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize.
- March 21
- By Megan Burke
An exhibition of Pomeroy's mid-century art collection, "Portrait of Pomeroy," is on display in the gallery space at the San Diego Central Library through May 15.
After more than 30 years of waiting and wondering, Milan "John" Nellans learned last month that his missing son's remains had been identified. It's closure the San Diego County's Medical Examiner is hoping to bring to more families with an event Saturday.
A new Imax film opening this week at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center called "National Parks Adventure" allows viewers to experience the beauty and some of the off-trail wonders of the parks.
It only takes a blood sample. That's one of the reasons genetic tests, like those developed at San Diego's Sequenom Laboratories are becoming widely used for prenatal screening. But as easy as the tests are to perform, it's not as easy to determine how accurate they are.
The San Diego State University men's basketball team takes on Utah State University today at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament. They need to win the tournament to get an invitation to the NCAA Tpurnament.
Members of the the Service Employees International Union in San Diego marked International Women's Day on Tuesday with a march and rally to raise awareness about workplace sexual assault.
A Portland, Oregon, mom whose 29-year-old son died unexpectedly of natural causes couldn’t stop searching for answers as to why. He was healthy. What happened?
On Monday classes at Lincoln High School were suspended to give students a chance to share their feelings following a brawl that took place on campus Friday. The fight led five students and a campus security officer to be taken to the hospital.
Author and civil rights attorney Steve Phillips says the emphasis on white working-class voters, white swing voters, and white conservatives misses the fact that the biggest block of new voters aren't white at all.
Immigrants bring a lot to a city, especially their food culture and traditions. A new cookbook tells the story of San Diego's evolving ethnic cuisine.
What effects have past and current justice practices had on first-time and repeat offenders? And how is the harm caused by offenders addressed in our current justice system?
Where some saw piles of abandoned bicycles as junk, journalist Kimball Taylor saw a mystery to unravel, now a book, "The Coyote's Bicycle — The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire."