Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

Interactive California Wildfire Map: Where Major Fires Are Burning Now

[youtube] Updated: July 25, 12 p.m. Two major wildfires in central and southern California, which started Friday and spread quickly through the weekend, destroying homes and forcing evacuations in nearby communities as thousands of firefighters continue to battle both blazes. As of Monday at noon, the Sand

Uprising! Lessons from the Race Riots of 1967

“This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”— Kerner Commission report, 1968 July has been a particularly tense time for police and low-income communities of color. First came deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, two

Why Black Women Outnumber Black Men in the Bay Area

For every 100 black women living in the Bay Area, there are only 88 black men, according to a KQED Lowdown analysis. This gender imbalance is notably greater than in any other racial group, and reflects the disproportionately high rate of incarceration among black males. African-Americans made up about 7 percent of

Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Explained

[youtube] Puerto Rico is drowning in debt. The cash-strapped U.S. island territory in the Caribbean hasn't been financially sound for at least a decade, and for years has borrowed huge sums of money to make ends meet. Now it's buried under $72 billion of debt – equivalent to

Interactive California Wildfire Maps

Just days into summer, California is already feeling the burn and bracing for a long, hot wildfire season ahead. The Erskine fire in Kern County, northeast of Bakersfield has already scorched more than 45,000 acres, or 70 square miles, the largest blaze so far this year

Interactive: The Brief Life and Long Death of Obama’s Immigration Actions

[youtube] The Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow Thursday to President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The court split 4-4, upholding a lower court's decision to block the president's actions. The proposal would have allowed more than four million undocumented residents in the United States to

MAP: Every Mass Shooting in America So Far This Year

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with police. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in American history. This is the 133rd mass