Rachelle Parker

Board Operator

Rachelle received her first radio at the age of ten and slept with it under her pillow for many years. As a teenager, she dreamed of being a disc jockey. In the early nineties, she began engineering the evening news broadcast at KALX in Berkeley and eventually became producer and co-anchor for the Tuesday evening news broadcast. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1999 with a degree in Sociology. She is a winner of the Judith Stronach Prize for prose and contributed a story to The New City magazine in 1999 under the tutelage of Clay Felker. In 2001 Rachelle began volunteering at KPFA and was briefly employed there as a volunteer coordinator. After moving to Butte County in 2003, Rachelle hosted her own comedy radio program for the low-power FM station, KRBS. In 2010, Rachelle was asked to cover health stories from South Butte County for KQED as one of their bloggers for Health Dialogues. She continued writing the blog until she was hired at North State Public Radio in 2011. During her time at NSPR, Rachelle has worked both on the air as host of some of her favorite NPR programs including Car Talk and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and as an engineer/editor for Nancy's Bookshelf



Think July 4, 1776, Independence Day for the United States, and sights and sounds crowd the imagination—the Liberty Bell, American flag, George Washington, fifes and drums, smoking muskets, and fireworks. Red, white, and blue, rat-a-tat-tat. Clear across the continent, colonial life in California—with its missions and modest military outposts—was just beginning. It would be almost 75 years before California would join the first and subsequent United States, as the 31st state in the union. But foreign exploration had been underway since at least 1543, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his men rode at anchor in San Diego Bay.