Marc Albert

Reporter

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.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (TUES 5.26)

18 hours ago
Healthy Shasta

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today we’ll check in with Shasta County on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest announcement that churches can now re-open. We’ll hear why it’s critical to follow your county’s guidelines in order for them to keep moving forward with re-opening, and we'll get a psychologist take on why some people are following health recommendations like wearing masks during this pandemic and others aren’t.

Shasta Arts Council

The California Department of Public Health announced Monday that religious services can resume under new guidelines, but with restrictions on how many people can attend and other precautions. And on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom added hair salons and barber shops to the list of businesses permitted to begin reopening in counties that have received state approval.

NSPR's Marc Albert spoke Tuesday with Kerri Schuette, spokesperson for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, about the reopening of churches, the continued importance of wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines, and more.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (MON 5.25)

May 25, 2020
Becker Friedman Institute


This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

 

Does visiting an ice cream shop put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than a fast-food restaurant? How to navigate which businesses are the safest to visit and which might not be is what we’re exploring today with help from the podcast Pandemic Economics. It’s from The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago and it's hosted by Eduardo Porter and a good friend of this station, Tess Vigeland. It’s an interesting conversation, we highly recommend staying tuned.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 5.22)

May 22, 2020
CSU Chico


This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

 

Today we’ll hear from Chico Vice Mayor Alex Brown on enforcing California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order in the city and the council’s recent action to possibly explore the viability of bringing more students back to the campus. We’ll also hear from Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson about the idea and more about Chico State’s current plans for the fall semester.

County of Glenn

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today we’ll check in with Glenn County on reopening and how residents there are doing during this pandemic. Also, we’ll hear from a Northern California doctor who just returned from helping treat COVID-19 patients in a hospital intensive care unit in New York.

David Benbennick / Public domain

There have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Glenn County as of May 21 and no deaths. 

The small, rural county has moved into phase two of reopening after receiving local variance approval from the state last week.

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Amy Travis, director of the Glenn County Emergency Operations Center, about how the county has been responding to the pandemic. Highlights from their conversation are below. Listen to the full interview at the top of the page.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (WED 5.20)

May 20, 2020
Pierce

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

We’re checking in with Plumas County about reopening, testing and, as we get closer to Memorial Day Weekend and summer, looking into one of the top concerns for residents there – tourists visiting and possibly bringing the virus with them.

We’re also focusing on wildfire, checking in with the Redding Fire Department’s Fire Marshal about this year’s predicted fire season and signing up for your county’s emergency alert system.

Plumas National Forest / Public domain

On May 13, Plumas County received clearance from the state to move further into Stage Two of reopening the local economy. 

The rural county has confirmed only four total cases of COVID-19 and has reported zero deaths connected with the virus.

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Lori Beatley, health education coordinator for Plumas County’s Public Health Agency, about how the county has been responding to the pandemic. Highlights from their conversation are below.

Mentioned in the interview are mental health resources from Plumas County Behavioral Health, as well as the county's information line: 530-283-6400. 

Listen to the full interview at the top of the page.

KRCR News

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.  

Today we’ll hear from Butte County’s Public Health Director about contact tracing efforts after more than 180 people at a church in Palermo were exposed to COVID-19 during a Mother’s Day in-person church service. We’ll also hear from the district manager of Paradise Irrigation District about what the Governor’s plan to reallocate a $7.3 million grant aimed at helping after the 2018 Camp Fire could mean for the district and its customers.   

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 5.15)

May 15, 2020

This is NSPR’s weekday show about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State. Listen each weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 for the North State.

Today we’re focusing on the role of science in this pandemic. We’ll be hearing from James Zimring, a professor, blood pathologist and author of “What Science Is and How it Really Works” he’ll talk to NSPR’s host of Blue Dot Dave Schlom about everything from herd immunity to antibody testing to where we are with a vaccine. 

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