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Megan Burks

Reporter and Web Editor, Speak City Heights

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Megan Burks is a reporter and editor for Speak City Heights, a media collaborative focused on community health and quality of life issues in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego.

Before joining the collaborative, Megan wrote about City Heights for Daniel Weintraub’s, a statewide health news publication based out of Sacramento.

Megan was born and raised in El Cajon, California and graduated from San Diego State University, where she studied journalism and sociology. Her thesis looked at the media’s effects on attitudes toward immigrants. She interned with San Diego CityBeat and KPBS’ Envision San Diego.

Recent Stories

Wandering The City Heights Data Desert

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Together, two foundations have spent more than $265 million in City Heights since 2000. But data that quantify their impact is hard to come by. It's not nonexistent, though. Here's some of what we were able to track down.

San Diegans React To Obama's Immigration Orders

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Some long-term immigrant residents living in San Diego County illegally were comforted by the announcement that people with no criminal records won’t be targeted for deportation.

San Diego’s Richest Poor Neighborhood, Two Decades Later

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In 1993, Sol Price flipped the switch on what has become decades of philanthropic investment in City Heights. Two foundations have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars there since 2000. So what's become of all that money? Are residents better off because of it?

Almost All San Diego Water Districts Report Decreases In Water Use

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A new report shows the average gallons of water used per capita each day in California water districts. Overall, San Diegans are using less water, but some communities are conserving more than others.

Groups Working To Get San Diegans To Vote Tuesday

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The San Diego Organizing Project and the San Diego Alliance have been working to mobilize voters to cast ballots Tuesday. They want a better turnout than the 27 percent who voted in San Diego County in June.

Don't Eat All That Halloween Candy; Give It To Overseas Troops

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San Diego County doctors and dentists fund the annual candy buyback program that pays trick-or-treaters to part with some of their sweets. The candy then goes to U.S. troops overseas.

Civic San Diego Will Remain Its Own Boss — For Now

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A City Council committee considered this week whether to increase government oversight of San Diego's former redevelopment agency. The committee is concerned the voice of residents could be lost as Civic San Diego sets its sights on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods.

Suspended Chaldean Priest Continues To Work, Awaits Word From Pope

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The Rev. Noel Gorgis will continue serving the Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon despite his suspension. The head of the Chaldean church told him and other priests in the U.S. to return to Iraq or leave the church.

Chaldean Catholic Leader Suspends Priests Across Western U.S.

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The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling for Iraqi-American priests who fled violence in Iraq to return home or leave the church. San Diego County Chaldeans say they will appeal to the Vatican to stop the action.

San Diego Hip-Hop Artists Teaming Up To Get Out The Vote Among Ex-Offenders

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The San Diego ACLU and local hip-hop artists are hosting a show Friday in Barrio Logan to get out the vote among the formerly incarcerated.

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