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.

John Locher / AP Photo

A new effort is being made to reconnect with Camp Fire survivors who may have fallen through the cracks.

The consortium of government, non-profit, religious and charitable organizations called the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, will hold a dozen events through Jan. 24, hoping to quantify holes and gaps in recovery efforts so far.

William Croyle / California Department of Water Resources

Since the Oroville Dam Spillway crisis in 2017 and the Camp Fire the following year, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not a siren system could help alert people to an evacuation.


News sirens being tested at the Oroville Dam are not that.

The Advocate

Officials may cut a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that lets Camp Fire survivors buy their dwellings. 

Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look into possibly leveraging federal guidelines that allow FEMA to sell their units to occupants and donate them to other government agencies or certain charitable organizations. However, even if approved, potential buyers will have to come up with more than just money, Casey Hatcher Butte County’s deputy chief administrative officer said. 

It’s again time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies repairing damage left behind by the camp fire. Joining us: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis, Paradise Irrigation District Spokeswoman Mickey Rich and Justin Jacobs, a spokesman for the California Governor’s office of Emergency Services.


This week, Colette Curtis starts us off with a word about building permit figures and details some of the programs and experts available to speed home reconstruction in Paradise. 

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Those hoping to rebuild and return to Paradise are getting a little help navigating California’s notoriously deep paperwork.

Building a house isn’t easy. Especially, if you’ve never done it before. Acknowledging the complexity, potential pratfalls and frustration, a team of volunteers are now helping Camp Fire survivors plot their return.

Butte County Sheriff's Office



Officials in Butte County have revealed some details involving an ongoing murder investigation in Oroville. The victim’s body was found Dec. 21st in the Feather Falls area near the lake. 

Authorities believe the killing may be related to a marijuana growing network, and that the victim, 27-year-old Jacob McArthur, may have been employed by those involved in his death.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

Authorities have arrested a 22 year old Yreka man in connection with the body of a man found in April.

Shane Timothy McDonald is being held in the Siskiyou County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond after his arrest Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

McDonald is facing murder charges related to the death of Spencer Hodgson, whose remains were found in a ravine off Yreka-Walker Road April 8th.


Federal officials announced a $2,500 reward for information related to the fatal shooting of one of the first gray wolves to be spotted in California in almost a century.

Dubbed OR-59, the wolf didn’t spend more than a few days in California before being gunned down in December 2018 along Road 91 in Modoc County.

A large helping of federal aid should help streamline and speed reconstruction in Paradise.  


This week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $300,000 grant was issued to the town to help recruit and hire a Disaster Recovery Manager. The funds are in addition to $75,000 committed locally.  

City Council Agenda Report

One of the final opportunities to critique proposed council districts in Chico is happening Tuesday evening.


Six different proposals would divide Chico into seven city council districts, eliminating the current method where voters select all councilors city wide.