Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

Bay Area’s Small Farmers Take to Selling Excess Crops Online

CropMobster grew organically, like everything else at Sonoma County’s Bloomfield Farms. The website connects individuals and nonprofits with food producers who offer items for deep discount or donation and, in the process, help tackle the perennial problem of waste. “Food insecurity, farmer insecurity, waste and then the transfer of knowledge to the next generation,” said … Continue reading Bay Area’s Small Farmers Take to Selling Excess Crops Online →

A Wild Kingdom Right in the Middle of San Jose

Who knew? Downtown San Jose is booming with exotic wildlife. Earlier this month came news that beavers had returned to the Guadalupe River after a long absence. Now … an update on the falcons that are making their nest on top of San Jose’s City Hall. This week biologist Glenn Stewart rappelled over the top … Continue reading A Wild Kingdom Right in the Middle of San Jose →

Even Bolts That Haven’t Failed Will Be Replaced on Bay Bridge; Expert Slams Caltrans

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Caltrans say they will replace or reinforce all 96 of the 2008 anchor bolts installed in the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, not just the 30 that have failed so far. Those bolts snapped within days of being tightened this March. Read more about the bolts: Caltrans … Continue reading Even Bolts That Haven’t Failed Will Be Replaced on Bay Bridge; Expert Slams Caltrans →

Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

Q: What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs the same as an average car? A: The first solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night. The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse airplane came to town last month. It’s scheduled to start a coast-to-coast journey next week. But grab your binoculars. Today is its final … Continue reading Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane →

National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million

Point Reyes Station, a pastoral West Marin outpost, has a population of 848. But on one recent weekday, parking is tight on the town’s main street and there is a steady stream of foot traffic. Steve Costa, co-owner of Point Reyes Books, has an easy explanation. He points to the 2.3 million visitors who flocked … Continue reading National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million →