Marc Albert

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

On this week’s call: A feared lull in burn scar building permit applications hasn’t appeared, suggesting recovery and re-population will continue at a pace faster than expected. 


Also, the next phase of tree removal is starting to take shape and we learn more about the needs still out there from Kevin Lindstrom, Pastor at Magalia Community Church and Doreen Fogle, who helps operate the Camp Fire Resource Center, where needed items are still being distributed and sympathetic ears are available.  

Marc Albert

Some unfamiliar taps have sprouted in valley watering holes in recent months. Available at a handful of locations, Farmers Brewing Co. LLC, is using local wheat, rice, and almonds to brew beer, is gearing up to go big time.

There’s not much action here, about a mile off the Sacramento River, just a few migratory birds framed by the jagged silhouette of the Sutter Buttes. Here, far from craft brewing clusters that seem to cross-pollinate in San Diego, the Bay, and Chico Bill Weller is making a big bet.

Fighting Fire With Fire

Feb 11, 2020
US Forest Service

A series of prescribed burns are expected to occur in several places across the region in coming days.


Close to 6,500 acres of forest will be intentionally set alight this week, if everything goes according to plan.

John Locher / AP Photo

About 34 people from a host of charitable organizations were in Chico Thursday, brushing up on ways to assist Camp Fire survivors—it’s more than a full time job.


They arrived at the Salvation Army’s new Chico campus for a day long case manager training.


The remote town of Happy Camp will likely be a little less isolated by the end of the Day. 


For nearly three weeks, State highway 96 has been shut four miles west of Happy Camp. A slowly eroding hillside started calving rock, trees and boulders onto the ribbon of asphalt below, forcing Caltrans to close the road January 17th.  

United States Census 2020

The US Census Bureau is going on a North State hiring binge, gearing up for the once a decade count.

Well over a thousand jobs are available from the US Census locally, according to Marna Davis, a spokesperson for the 2020 census. 

About three miles of Northbound Interstate 5 will be closed to traffic south of Redding tonight, Caltrans says. The closure will detour drivers off I-5 at state route 273, and return to the interstate at South Bonneview Road. The closure will be in place from midnight tonight until five a.m. Wednesday.

Construction workers will be pouring concrete. The work is part of an effort to widen I-5 to six continuous lanes through Redding and Anderson. Southbound lanes will not be affected.   


Chico’s City Council is expected to adopt district elections tomorrow.


Seven separate districts would replace the current system, where the city council is chosen by voters citywide.


The change was more-or-less forced on Chico by demand letters from out of town law firms. The letters claimed at-large elections discriminate against voters and thus violate a recent state law.

On this week’s call: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis discusses the newly opened Building Resiliency Center, Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Casey Hatcher has the details on plan to help property owners remove fire-damaged trees endangering private roads, and Marcella Seay of the Upper Ridge Community Council discusses home insurance issues and a debate going on in Magalia about the size of homes and should smaller houses be allowed.   




Those flummoxed by soaring prices or the sudden unavailability of homeowners insurance may gain insights at a meeting in Magalia tonight.


Organized by a local community group, tonight’s meeting is specifically aimed at those feeling financially squeezed or entirely shut out by home insurers.