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Bennett Lacy


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Ben Lacy is a producer for KPBS Evening Edition and KPBS Roundtable.

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Business Report: Summer Travel Season Shaken By COVID-19

May 29
By Bennett Lacy

Major job cuts hit businesses at the heart of the travel industry, and regional destinations like theme parks and casinos prepare to slowly reopen in the coming weeks.

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Business Report: When Will San Diego's Jobs Return

May 22
By Bennett Lacy

California's unemployment rate jumped more than ten percentage points in April to 15.5% due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. As the economy slowly reopens, we look at how quickly workers are likely to return to their jobs.

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El Centro Mayor Describes 'Totally Surreal' Coronavirus Challenge In Imperial County

May 18
By Bennett Lacy

El Centro Mayor Efrain Silva tells KPBS about the process of reopening the economy in Imperial County and the challenges of being an elected official during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Business Report: Money Dries Up For San Diego Tourism Marketing

May 15
By Bennett Lacy

With hotel tax revenue plummeting during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego has less money to market itself as a tourist destination. Also, what the cancellation of the Wonderfront Festival means for other big events in San Diego.

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CSU San Marcos To Hold Parade For Graduates With Commencement Canceled By Coronavirus

May 14
By Bennett Lacy

CSU San Marcos will celebrate this year's graduating class with a rolling tribute on campus after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of commencement.

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Business Report: Worst Unemployment Rate Since Great Depression

May 8
By Bennett Lacy

SDSU Marketing Lecturer Miro Copic reacts to April's severe spike in unemployment and the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions for businesses in San Diego.

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Top Teachers Celebrated By San Diego Unified Amid Coronavirus Disruption

May 7
By Bennett Lacy

Honoring teachers for their dedication amid the coronavirus disruption, the San Diego Unified School District announced its elementary, middle, and high school teachers of the year.

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El Cajon Donut Shop Praised For COVID-19 Sweet Relief

May 4
By Bennett Lacy

Mayor Kevin Faulconer praised Holey Donuts for donating sweet confections to San Diego's unsheltered population at the San Diego Convention Center as an example of San Diegans stepping up amid COVID-19.

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Business Report: 30 Million Americans Lose Jobs During COVID-19 Shutdown

May 1
By Bennett Lacy

The latest weekly jobless claims push the COVID-19 total to 30 million as America suffers a steep drop in its gross domestic product.

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Gardening Community Responds To Growing COVID-19 Food Need

April 28
By Bennett Lacy

Nan Sterman, host of the KPBS show A Growing Passion, is working with donors, volunteers and local nonprofits to include entry level gardening kits among traditional food distributions around San Diego County.

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Business Report: Jobs Report Caps Strong Economic Week

Feb. 7
By Bennett Lacy

The U.S. adds more jobs in January, coronavirus concerns blunt an otherwise strong week for stocks, Macy's announces store closures and San Diego launches a new tourism campaign.