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Ken Devol

Host, All Things Considered

Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.

His resume is nearly Frankensteinian with one disparate job sutured to another: California Department of Parks and Recreation, marina employee, archaeological field technician, electrician, woodworker, furniture import, and 20 years in manufacturing management. He was an English major.

He’s traveled some. He likes to sail and writes fraudulent poetry. And now he’s in radio -- another unlikely part is sewn into the whole. And he loves it.

  • Chico State Assistant Sociology Professor Dr. Lesa Johnson discusses race in a series of conversations with NSPR’s Ken Devol. In their first conversation, they discuss implicit bias, why it can be deadly and the responsibility we have to recognize our own.
  • Firefighters continue to battle more than a dozen major fires across the state. Cal Fire is urging residents to remember that fire season is far from over.
  • The Dixie Fire has been burning for nearly two months, and it continues to prompt evacuation orders for communities in its path. As of Wednesday morning, the Dixie Fire is threatening nearly 13,000 structures. Smoke from the fire and others burning in the North State has also caused hazardous air quality, putting residents at risk of respiratory illness, including COVID-19. More dry and warm weather is forecast through Labor Day weekend, but incident meteorologist Derek Williams said Wednesday there is a slight possibility of some relief next week.
  • The Dixie Fire is no longer the state’s top priority wildfire. This week, the Caldor fire surpassed the Dixie fire in terms of Cal Fire’s priorities for resources. Nevertheless, it continues to threaten communities throughout the North State.
  • The Dixie Fire has been breaking records since it sparked on July 13. It is now the first fire Cal Fire recorded to have burned from west to east across the Sierra Crest.
  • It's been 30 days since the Dixie Fire was sparked on July 13. At more than half a million acres, the fire this week became the largest single wildfire in California history, coming in second only to last year's August Complex that was made up of multiple fires that burned more than a million acres.
  • It's been 30 days since the Dixie Fire was sparked on July 13. At more than half a million acres, the fire this week became the largest single wildfire in California history, coming in second only to last year's August Complex that was made up of multiple fires that burned more than a million acres.
  • The Dixie Fire continues to consume more acres. It’s claimed the town of Greenville, and it’s unclear how many other homes and businesses it’s destroyed. In this special, we mourn the loss of Greenville and other communities devastated by this fire, like Indian Falls, Belden, and Rich Bar.
  • In this special, we mourn the loss of Greenville and other communities devastated by this fire, like Indian Falls, Belden, and Rich Bar. We also look at the history of wildfires in our region and why we’re living with these types of fires in the North State.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric made the announcement in Chico days after the utility company reported to California regulators that their equipment may have been involved in sparking the Dixie Fire that has forced evacuations in Butte and Plumas counties.