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.

Sonoma State

Another 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week as the coronavirus continues ripping through our nation’s economy. There are now 40 million people unemployed, translating to an official unemployment rate of 14.7%.

Is this just a blip? Or do long-term economic impacts lie ahead?

To make sense of this exploding unemployment and its ripple effects, NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Dr. Robert Eyler, professor of economics and director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. He’s also the dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 5.29)

May 29, 2020
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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 entirely on the economy – taking a look at the current wilting financial system we’re living in and what it might look like in the future. 

 

If you have questions for us let us know on our message line at 433-9216 or go to our website at mynspr.org.  

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THUR 5.28)

May 28, 2020
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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 about Butte County’s contact tracing and case investigation efforts – learning what exactly contact tracing is and why it’s a critical component toward containing COVID-19. We’ll also hear from Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson about how the pandemic could affect things like funding and student enrollment at the university.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (WED 5.27)

May 27, 2020
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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 checking in with businesses around the North State on how they’ve been affected by the pandemic and on their plans for reopening.  

As always, if you have questions for us let us know on our message line 433-9216 or go to our website at mynspr.org.  

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (TUES 5.26)

May 26, 2020
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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