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Pandemic Profiles

In an ongoing series, KPBS takes a look at how San Diegans are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pandemic Profile: The Man Behind 'Take What You Need Tuesdays'

Jan. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After originally feeling helpless at the start of the pandemic, Darnell Williams found a way to deliver thousands of meals to City Heights residents, drawing from his own life experience.

Caregiver Leah Farinas speaks in the backyard o...

Pandemic Profile: Caregiving Work Tough Before The Pandemic, Now It's Filled With Fear

Jan. 18
By Amita Sharma

A caregiver, who works at an assisted living facility worries about getting the virus and giving it to her family.

Rafael Payare conducts the San Diego Symphony a...

Pandemic Profile: San Diego Symphony CEO On Making It Through The Era Of COVID-19

Jan. 18
By John Carroll

How is one of San Diego's major arts organizations surviving during the pandemic? We find out in a conversation with San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer.

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Pandemic Profile: San Diego Opera

Dec. 22, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Arts organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic. But San Diego Opera discovered that some of the lessons it learned from an earlier financial crisis have proven useful during these current challenging times.

Ruben Valenzuela, Founder/Artistic Director of ...

Pandemic Profile: How One San Diego Arts Leader Pivots 3 Performing Arts Groups To Virtual Spaces

Jan. 4
By John Carroll

Ruben Valenzuela is involved with three arts organizations in San Diego. We sat down to talk to him about how they're doing, and lessons learned during the pandemic.

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Pandemic Profile: New Mom Copes With Shutdowns

Dec. 28, 2020
By Erik Anderson

The coronavirus took over 2020, changing everything, including how people raised new children.

Spc. First Class Leticia Martinez give a tour o...

Pandemic Profile: Navy Mom Balancing Motherhood And Pandemic Protocols

Dec. 28, 2020
By Steve Walsh

In San Diego, the Navy has never wavered in its protocols, as the service tries to contain the spread of COVID-19. That has made it tough for one single mother.

Scripps Health Nurse Practitioner Charlotte Tho...

Pandemic Profile: The Emotional Toll Of Caring For COVID-19 Patients

Dec. 24, 2020
By Matt Hoffman

"Usually by the time I see people, they are really in distress," said Charlotte Thomas, a nurse practitioner who cares for COVID-19 patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista.

Vivvi Incognito stands behind the counter of he...

Pandemic Profile: During COVID-19, San Diego Drag Queens Search For Ways To Keep Performing

Dec. 22, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The pandemic has deprived many drag artists of the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences. But one local drag queen says she and others are still finding ways to keep their art alive.

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Pandemic Profile: The Studio Door

Dec. 21, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The Studio Door has been pivoting since long before the pandemic. But with COVID-19 restrictions changing as cases rise and fall, arts organizations like the Studio Door have to find creative ways to stay operational.

Moderna vaccine trial participant Jennifer Bern...

Pandemic Profile: Two Cousins Join COVID-19 Vaccine Trial But Think Only One Got A Real Dose

Dec. 21, 2020
By Tarryn Mento

Trial participants are left in the dark about whether they get a vaccine or a placebo in order to ensure the integrity of results, but two cousins think the side effects from their injections revealed who received what.

Arianna Cubillian, 22, at her home in Manila. D...

Pandemic Profile: Making The Most Of Her College Experience Halfway Around The World

Dec. 17, 2020
By Joe Hong

Arianna Cubillian planned on staying in the Philippines for only the summer, but then the pandemic took a turn for the worse.

Maya Madsen, owner of Maya's Cookies, helps a c...

Pandemic Profile: San Diego Baker Puts Heart And Soul Into Her Cookies Despite COVID-19

Dec. 16, 2020
By Roland Lizarondo

A former foster-kid-turned baker is giving back to the community as her cookie business soars.

The Islamic Center of San Diego is shown in thi...

Pandemic Profile: How An Imam And His Clairemont Congregation Are Staying In Touch

Dec. 11, 2020
By John Carroll

Imam Taha Hassane leads the largest Muslim congregation in San Diego County. We checked in to find out how he is leading his congregation in the challenging era of COVID-19.

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort of Chabad at La Costa sh...

Pandemic Profile: Carlsbad Rabbi On How He, His Congregation Are Surviving COVID-19 Crisis

Dec. 10, 2020
By John Carroll

"Am I going to curse the darkness, or am I going to try and kindle a light?" A Carlsbad rabbi tells us how he and his congregation are coping with COVID-19.

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