Arts Calendar Editor and Producer
Before joining KPBS, Nina worked for nearly 20 years as an arts and entertainment reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Along with covering the local arts community, she created the "Top Weekend Events" online calendar, profiled influential San Diegans for the "One-on-One" series, and reported live from Comic-Con, New York Fashion Week, and the Academy Awards.
Nina is a native San Diegan, raised in Chula Vista and Tijuana, who was exposed to local arts at an early age. As a child, she tagged along to her mother's photography classes, taught by the late Michael Schnorr. She went to elementary school blocks away from Balboa Park and visited all the museums at least twice. While earning her English degree at San Diego State University, she participated in poetry readings and covered local music for The Daily Aztec.
Nina has two daughters who study ballet, piano, and musical theater. She spends her free time pinning hair buns and perfecting stage makeup. Her husband, Matthew, is also a writer.
Recent Stories by Nina Garin
- Oct. 6
- By Nina Garin
San Diego is heading into a big weekend for concerts with a heavy heart and a heightened concern about security. Just a week after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at a country music concert, San Diego is welcoming some high profile acts.
One of the biggest events of the season hits San Diego, plus a highly-anticipated musical opens.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a massive art installation and a party in Old Town.
A collection of award-winning musicals opens in San Diego this week, plus a popular blues festival returns.
San Diego's summer past times are coming to a close, catch them before it's too late.
This weekend brings a celebration of Latin food, music — even an iconic Argentinian leader — plus a salute to "Fiddler on the Roof."
This weekend brings some of the biggest names in comedy and film, plus a convention that celebrates all things Tiki.
This weekend brings prestigious chamber musicians, art-themed films and two very popular pop crooners.
This weekend brings outdoor concerts, a tribute to musical divas and a gender-neutral art show.
"Songs From an Unmade Bed" is a rarely-staged show that makes its San Diego debut this weekend.