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Melaina Spitzer

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As a general assignment reporter for KPBS, Melaina Spitzer covers stories that range from climate change to immigration, politics and homelessness. Prior to joining KPBS, Melaina spent fourteen years reporting for BBC/PRI’s The World, Latino USA, and Marketplace from Southern Africa, Europe, and South America, where she lived for seven years.

Melaina began her journalism career at WBUR and WGBH in Boston, where she worked for national radio programs Here and Now, The World, and Morning Edition. Melaina completed her Master’s in Peace, Conflict and Security as a Rotary World Peace Fellow where she studied cross-border issues and the Colombian armed conflict.

Melaina is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and was awarded the CV Starr National Service Fellowship to cover the Cypriot Peace Process. In addition to her work in journalism, Melaina is a certified trainer for the National Conflict Resolution Center. She enjoys supporting rising women leaders and serves on the Steering Committee for Women for Social Impact at the University of San Diego.

Recent Stories by Melaina Spitzer

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San Diego Migrant Shelter Treats Sick Families Coming Out Of Custody

July 10, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

Lice, chickenpox and the flu are some of the ailments migrant families suffer from when they arrive at the temporary migrant shelter in San Diego.

Scooters parked at Mission Beach, July 1, 2019.

Mixed Reactions For New Dockless Scooter Regulations In San Diego

July 2, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

This week new regulations go into effect for dockless scooters in San Diego.

trancenDANCE Youth Arts Project CREATE program ...

Teens Transcend Their Challenges Through Dance

June 28, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

transcenDANCE wants to teach teenagers to dance and take pride in themselves.

A staircase leading to the La Jolla Cove is sho...

12 San Diego Beaches On Heal The Bay's Honor Roll

June 26, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

The environmental group Heal the Bay published its annual report card with a mixed review for San Diego’s beaches.

Humanitarian groups leave jugs of water in the ...

Arizona Mistrial Creates Legal Uncertainty For San Diego Border Groups

June 14, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

In Arizona, the Scott Warren case resulted in a mistrial on Tuesday after jurors couldn’t decide whether it was a crime for Warren to help migrants. In San Diego, humanitarian groups worry they could be targeted by federal officials also.

San Diego State Students Alberto Perez Jr. and ...

San Diego Nonprofit Takes On Student Housing Crisis

May 28, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

The director of the "Wesley House" at SDSU says there are currently more than 3,000 unsheltered students at San Diego State University, and the problem is even worse at community colleges.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer leads the ribbon-cutting ...

Business Accelerator Will Support Southeast San Diego

May 21, 2019
By Melaina Spitzer

The CONNECT ALL Business Accelerator held it’s official Grand Opening Monday at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. The accelerator aims to create more business opportunities in San Diego’s underserved communities.

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