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Marissa Cabrera

News Producer, KPBS Midday Edition

Marissa Cabrera is a producer for KPBS Midday Edition and had previously served as a Newscast Producer for KPBS' Morning Edition.

Before joining KPBS she reported on Vatican affairs, social, and cultural issues in Rome, Italy. She also contributed to a documentary on sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Marissa has worked as a multimedia journalist at various news stations in San Diego and Monterey as well as Columbia, Missouri.

Marissa graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.

Recent Stories by Marissa Cabrera

A sign outside Raglan Public House in Ocean Bea...

San Diegans Ventured Out During Holiday Weekend, But Crowds Lighter Than Usual

May 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. But San Diego's beaches and restaurants were not as crowded this weekend as in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. ...

CSUSM President Reacts To Proposed State Budget Cuts, Online Fall Semester

May 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 23-campus California State University system is facing a $404 million reduction in funding compared to last year's budget.

Restaurant workers in Old Town San Diego wear f...

San Diego Businesses Prepare To Reopen

May 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to move further into phase two and reopen restaurants for dine-in service and some retailers with modifications.

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ICE Slow To Release Otay Mesa Detainees At High Risk From COVID-19

May 5
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released just two immigrant detainees identified as "medically vulnerable" from the Otay Mesa Detention facility since a federal judge ordered ICE last Friday to review for release detainees at high risk for coronavirus.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer giving an updat...

Mayor Faulconer To Announce San Diego's Reopening Plan Tuesday

May 4
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he'll be announcing policies and procedures on Tuesday to safely reopen businesses in San Diego.

 Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego is shown in thi...

Rep. Scott Peters Discusses Latest Coronavirus Relief Package

April 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nearly $500 billion package aims to help small businesses, hospitals and includes funding to expand testing.

An undated artist rendering of the coronavirus.

Contact Tracing: How Does It Work?

April 23
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan this week to train 10,000 contact tracers. The state is also exploring the use of digital apps to backtrack the movement of sick people and find out who they may have been in contact with.

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UC San Diego Health Launches Coronavirus Antibody Testing

April 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The blood test detects who may have been infected, without experiencing any symptoms, and recovered from the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Sharp Still Bracing For Possible Surge Of COVID-19 Patients

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

Sharp Grossmont CEO Scott Evans said while they're not currently seeing the patient surge that was previously predicted, the hospital is still standing by for a possible influx of patients.

California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni ...

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins Discusses California's Repsonse To The Coronavirus

April 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

Atkins created a subcommittee to review state spending related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. It will hold its first hearing Thursday.

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