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.

LIVE video: House Hearing on Solyndra

For Oct 14 hearing click here Original post The Congressional hearing into what went wrong with a federal loan to Solyndra is now under way: Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream Solyndra, the Fremont solar company whose bright star imploded, received over $500 million in federal loan guarantees and then went bankrupt two weeks … Continue reading LIVE video: House Hearing on Solyndra →

Morning Splash: BART’s Plan to Manipulate Media; Obama Approval Sinks in CA; San Jose Limits Pot Clubs

BART’s media manipulation strategy: agency wrote script, tried to escort riders to speak out against protestors (The Bay Citizen) In response to a planned protest Aug. 11, BART recruited loyal riders, prepared a script for them to read from, and hired a car service to take them to and from a press conference intended to … Continue reading Morning Splash: BART’s Plan to Manipulate Media; Obama Approval Sinks in CA; San Jose Limits Pot Clubs →

Feinstein Among Politicians Allegedly Defrauded by Campaign Treasurer

Senator Dianne Feinstein is the latest – and highest profile – California politician to be swept up in an embezzlement scandal hitting the state’s democratic party. Politico was the first to report Feinstein saying may have been “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a treasurer to hundreds of Democratic campaigns in California. Durkee was arrested by … Continue reading Feinstein Among Politicians Allegedly Defrauded by Campaign Treasurer →

Google Flights Hits the Runway

Today Google quietly rolled out its new airfare search interface. It’s unclear if Google Flights will take off or there’s a Google Buzz (read: flop) in its engine. At first glance Google Flights does have a lot of handy levers and buttons to help find and sort through available flights. When you’re ready to buy … Continue reading Google Flights Hits the Runway →

Video: Ahmadinejad Statement on Hikers; Families React

This morning there was a flurry of reports that the two American hikers held in Iran since 2009 could be freed – if they pay a combined one million dollar bail.  The source was a 45 minute one-on-one interview that NBC’s Ann Curry conducted with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You can watch some of it … Continue reading Video: Ahmadinejad Statement on Hikers; Families React →

Do Phone Books Have a Future in Berkeley?

Next week Berkeley will become the next Bay Area city to consider regulating the delivery of phone books. The SF Chronicle outlines the plan: Berkeley’s City Council is set next Tuesday to push for an anti-phone-book measure like the one adopted by Seattle, in which phone book companies are fined $125 per book for delivering … Continue reading Do Phone Books Have a Future in Berkeley? →

Video: Raiders’ Janikowski Record-Tying Field Goal

The Raiders won their opener last night, for the first time in eight years. The top play of the game against the Denver Broncos had to be this record-tying field goal… 63 yards by Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski now shares the record with New Orleans’ Tom Dempsey (1970) and Denver’s Jason Elam (1998). There were also … Continue reading Video: Raiders’ Janikowski Record-Tying Field Goal →

Morning Splash: Bail for Jailed Americans in Iran; Feinstein Says Campaign Fund Hit by Alleged Embezzler

Lawyer: Iran sets bail for 2 jailed Americans (AP) An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense … Continue reading Morning Splash: Bail for Jailed Americans in Iran; Feinstein Says Campaign Fund Hit by Alleged Embezzler →

Bay salt pond restoration reaches milestone tomorrow

Avocet breeding plumage (photo by Judy Irving/Pelican Media) It’s not often that a breaking levee hits the news and is cause for celebration. But that’s what’s happening tomorrow when workers breach a levee in the former Cargill salt ponds in Hayward. It’s a milestone for the 8-year-old wetland restoration project that covers 15,000 acres. John … Continue reading Bay salt pond restoration reaches milestone tomorrow →

More details coming out about Solyndra ahead of this week’s Congressional hearing

The demise of Solyndra is increasingly turning from a business story into a political one.  This Wednesday, Solyndra’s CEO and the company’s CFO will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Today Republicans on the committee released a memo setting up the hearing. The SF Chronicle’s story picked this out of it: The Energy Department rejected … Continue reading More details coming out about Solyndra ahead of this week’s Congressional hearing →

San Bruno remembers 9/9 gas blast and 9/11 terrorist attack

For San Bruno residents, the 9/9 gas explosion that rocked the town last year and the 9/11 terrorist attacks will always be linked. That’s what San Bruno city councilmember Ken Ibarra told KQED’s Amy Standen at the picnic the town hosted to remember the events this weekend. After a solemn memorial event for those who died in … Continue reading San Bruno remembers 9/9 gas blast and 9/11 terrorist attack →

Morning Splash: UC unveiling new cyber courses; SJ council talks pot tomorrow; Golden Gate toll increase?

UC investing millions in new cyber studies program (SF Chronicle) The University of California will unveil its first top-tier cyber courses in January – 26 online offerings, from global climate change to game theory. At the same time, it’s eyeing China and even American soldiers as potential sources of cash to pay for them.  Academically, … Continue reading Morning Splash: UC unveiling new cyber courses; SJ council talks pot tomorrow; Golden Gate toll increase? →

Updated: Central Valley Poet Gets National Honor

UPDATED: Listen to an extended version of Rachael Myrow’s interview with new US poet laureate, Fresno State’s Philip Levine. An edited version aired on this morning’s The California Report. [audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/08/000951a9.mp3|titles=Interview-Levine] The Simple Truth: Philip Levine, a longtime poetry professor at Fresno State University, has been named the country’s next poet laureate. The Central Valley resident … Continue reading Updated: Central Valley Poet Gets National Honor →

Obituary: Ruth Brinker, Founder of Project Open Hand

A memorial service is planned for September 16th to honor Ruth Brinker.  She’s the 89-year-old matriarch who founded Project Open Hand. The organization serves hot meals to people with HIV and other illnesses. Brinker passed away on Monday of natural causes. The group’s Development Director Bob Brenneman told KQED News that Brinker was a fearless … Continue reading Obituary: Ruth Brinker, Founder of Project Open Hand →