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.

Surveillance Footage from Oakland Shooting

Oakland police are reportedly preparing for a press conference this afternoon to give more details about a shooting in Oakland. Seven people were shot at 6:08 p.m. last night in the 700 block of Willow Street. One of the victims, a one year old boy, is in critical condition. KCBS has surveillance video of the … Continue reading Surveillance Footage from Oakland Shooting →

A.M. Splash: 8 Shot in Oakland; Facebook IPO Report; Cut an Xmas Tree, Help Marin County

At least eight shot including 1-year-old child in West Oakland (Oakland Tribune) At least eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, were shot Monday night during what police said was a videotaping of a rap music video. The child was reported in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland for a bullet wound to … Continue reading A.M. Splash: 8 Shot in Oakland; Facebook IPO Report; Cut an Xmas Tree, Help Marin County →

UC News of the Day: Pepper Spray Task Force Chair; Cal Police Release Open Letter; Regents Meeting Wrap Up

A lot of news out of the University of California system today. This afternoon University of California President Mark Yudof announced the appointment of former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso to chair the task force formed to address the pepper spraying of UC Davis students. From the press release: Justice Reynoso, a UC Davis … Continue reading UC News of the Day: Pepper Spray Task Force Chair; Cal Police Release Open Letter; Regents Meeting Wrap Up →

Occupy Oakland to Launch New Strategy Tomorrow

Organizers of Occupy Oakland have a new 24/7 vigil strategy that they plan to kick off Tuesday at noon. They say the new approach gives them the legal right to stay in Frank Ogawa Plaza, outside Oakland’s City Hall indefinitely. Phil Horne, media spokesman for the Occupy SF Legal Committee, told KQED News intern Reena … Continue reading Occupy Oakland to Launch New Strategy Tomorrow →

Interview with Jean Quan on Possible Recall, the Occupy Movement and the Oakland Economy

As the holiday shopping season gets underway and Occupy Oakland looks to regroup in Oakland, it’s a good time check out KQED reporter Krissy Clark’s wide ranging interview with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. The two of them talked by phone last Wednesday. In addition to plugging a new gift card that can be used at … Continue reading Interview with Jean Quan on Possible Recall, the Occupy Movement and the Oakland Economy →

Yao Ming Launches a California Winery for the Chinese Market

There’s a new player in Napa County this week: Yao Family Wines. Yup, that Yao. Billed as “Napa’s Tallest Winemaker” on the company’s official website, the Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is poised to capitalize on the Chinese wine boom. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today, the former 7-foot-6-inch Houston Rockets … Continue reading Yao Ming Launches a California Winery for the Chinese Market →

Live Reporting From UC Regents Teleconference

The University of California is live streaming audio of the meeting. Here’s a live stream of tweets about today’s UC Regents meeting. The regents are dialing in from four locations to discuss next year’s budget. Student protests are planned at a number of campuses. The agenda allows for a one hour window for public comment … Continue reading Live Reporting From UC Regents Teleconference →

Developing story: San Jose cop, wife found dead in Gilroy home

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting on a presumed murder-suicide involving a San Jose police officer. A San Jose police sergeant and his wife were found dead in their Gilroy home overnight, and investigators believe it was a murder-suicide, multiple sources told this newspaper. Neither San Jose police or Gilroy police would not immediately … Continue reading Developing story: San Jose cop, wife found dead in Gilroy home →

A.M. Splash: Protests Planned at UC Meeting Today; Occupy LA Arrests; Raiders Win

UC students to protest at regents meeting today (SJ Mercury News) Student protesters with the Occupy movement will converge on four UC campuses Monday morning to vent their fury at a meeting of the regents, with demonstrators in Davis attempting a campuswide shutdown. Futures rise after big holiday shopping weekend (AP) Stock futures rose Monday … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Protests Planned at UC Meeting Today; Occupy LA Arrests; Raiders Win →

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues

Another tree, another controversy. Anyone around for the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire remembers eucalyptus trees got a lot of blame for fueling the blaze. The problem with eucalyptus? One vegetation manager I spoke to called them “junky,” meaning they spread lots of dry debris: leaves, seed pods and lower branches. They grow quickly and in dense … Continue reading Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues →

The Trashiest Bay Spots + Coastal Clean Up Day Saturday

The conservation group Save the Bay released its annual list of regional “trash hotspots.” Executive director David Lewis said it’s important to understand HOW the garbage winds up in our waterways…from city streets. “Most people don’t know that storm drains are not screened,” Lewis says. “That water doesn’t go to a sewage treatment plant. It … Continue reading The Trashiest Bay Spots + Coastal Clean Up Day Saturday →

Q&A: How BART Tried to Stage Media Coverage

BART is facing down a new public relations mess…this time it’s a report that it tried to manipulate the media’s coverage of an August protest. I spoke to the The Bay Citizen‘s transportation reporter Zusha Elinson who broke the story. We talked about the latest revelations as well as the future of the transit agency … Continue reading Q&A: How BART Tried to Stage Media Coverage →

Facebook Unveils Subscriptions to Compete with Google+ and Twitter

The Old Way: You send people a friend request on Facebook. If they approve it, you get to see their stream of data. The New Way: You can subscribe to someone – if they’ve opted in to subscribe. Whether or not they approve you, you’ll get to see the info they’ve made public. If you … Continue reading Facebook Unveils Subscriptions to Compete with Google+ and Twitter →

Iranian Courts Deny ‘Imminent Release’ of American Hikers

Iranian courts are saying not so fast about the release of two Americans held since 2009.  This comes after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on U.S. television yesterday saying the men could be sent home in as few as “two days” if they make bail.  The L.A. Times reports: A bail offer for two Americans convicted of spying is still … Continue reading Iranian Courts Deny ‘Imminent Release’ of American Hikers →