Stories by Megan Burke
Nikki Giovanni, who's been documenting the struggle of African-Americans since the civil rights movement, shares her opinions on Barack Obama's leadership and the death of Antonin Scalia in a provocative interview.
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, 2016
- By Megan Burke
KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero was named one of the finalists for the prestigious PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize.
- March 21, 2016
- 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."
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identified the first human antibodies needed to develop drugs to fight the Ebola virus. They decided to donate the antibodies to the public domain.
Can conversations help to counteract extreme rhetoric and fear? That's the hope and goal of an interreligious dialogue at the University of San Diego's Peace and Justice Institute Wednesday night.
The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has been drawing record crowds, but the popularity comes with challenges. Docents say visitors are breaking rules meant to protect the park's fragile sandstone ecosystem - oftentimes to take a selfie.
Pope Francis ends his first state visit to Mexico in Ciudad Juárez Wednesday.
If we find ourselves hopelessly attracted to someone this Valentine's Day, can we blame our microbiome? It turns out that the question of love and sexual attraction makes up part of cutting-edge research into the human microbiome.
The idea to host an outrigger canoe race on the Salton Sea began as a way to start the racing season earlier but has evolved into a dream of something much bigger. Event organizers said they hope bringing recreation back to the Salton Sea will help save the sea itself.
San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter introduced the Draft America's Daughters Act which would require women to register with the selective service.
The study of 15,000 attorneys published this week by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also found 28 percent of American attorneys struggle with depression.
San Diegans are being asked to continue water conservation efforts, in spite of all this rain, news of the Sierra snow pack at 130 percent of the historical average for this time of year, and the San Diego County Water Authority dumping half a billion excess gallons of treated drinking water back into Lower Otay Reservoir.
When you think about ukulele music what comes to mind? Gentle strumming on the beaches of Waikiki? Perhaps an old Elvis movie? Prepare to be re-introduced to this charming instrument, by the amazing repertoire of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
On Thursday, the CPUC raised fees for solar panel owners, but did not approve the higher charges requested by the state's utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric. California's goal is to move the state toward the use of renewable energy sources, but how exactly do you charge for sunlight?
The San Diego Chargers announced on Friday that they will play at Qualcomm Stadium for the 2016 NFL season and try to reach a deal with local political leaders for a new stadium.
Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.
- Jan. 25, 2016
- By Megan Burke
Volunteers will fan out across San Diego County on Friday to count San Diego's homeless population, including veterans.
- Jan. 25, 2016
- By Megan Burke
The California Medical Association just published guidelines for physicians to understand how the law affects their practice, and for the public to understand how to work with their doctors.
The community of Borrego Valley is using four times more water than is being naturally replenished in its underground aquifer according to a six-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Carlsbad resident Glenn Quillin celebrated his 100th birthday by jumping out of an airplane.
Members of the Episcopal Church in San Diego and across the nation are still trying to grasp the scope of a decision made last week. The leadership of the entire Anglican Church voted to suspend the U.S. Episcopal Church.
KPBS Midday Edition speaks to Anthony Conwright, an African-American writer and teacher who grew up in Southeastern San Diego. His autobiographical essay, "Dear Black Body," was published by the Huffington Post and on his blog, Black and Wordy, in December.
Poverty in San Diego is not confined to the urban core of the city. New research from National University found concentrated pockets of poverty have increased in suburban neighborhoods.
Do state policies get a high mark or a low grade when it comes to kids? Midday Edition learns more about the data behind a new report card and what it means for the future of California's kids.
The new American Dietary Guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. Based on the guidelines, what should the be on the average San Diegan's plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner?
The Public Employment Relations Board has ruled the city of San Diego violated state law by not negotiating with employee unions over Proposition B, which eliminated guaranteed pension benefits for most employees.