I cover local government for radio, TV and web at the San Diego NPR and PBS affiliate, KPBS News.
Before I was metro reporter, I worked as the station's web producer. I helped manage our online coverage of the region's May 2014 wildfires and sexual harassment scandal surrounding then-Mayor Bob F...
A year later, investigation of officer-involved shooting death of Marine moves slowly
When most high school students would be worried about homework, Bill Tall was launching a business. He had just quit his job at SeaWorld and set up shop in a small lot owned by his father, where he sold firewood and manure. “I would take the chunky stuff and put them in a flour sack from a Balboa Bakery up the street here. I’d get all their old flour sacks, put the chunky stuff in for roses and the fine stuff for lawns and gardens," he said. That was in 1972.
Where there was once mostly darkness, there are now 132 new streetlights lining the roads in San Diego's City Heights community. That's along with 3,500 feet of additional or replaced sidewalks. Community activist Esperanza Gonzales said she has spent more than a decade fighting for the new amenities. “I walk everywhere, and I noticed by doing that this area doesn’t have sidewalks, doesn’t have lights," Gonzales said.
The backyard of Tracy King’s rental property in City Heights is what he calls an urban farm. The two-bedroom craftsman features a vegetable garden, fruit trees, a chicken coop and scores of flowers, from roses to milkweed. The latter helps form “butterfly alley,” where monarchs feed and breed before migrating south, he said. King has rented the house out for two decades, partly as an investment for his children. He has lived in the home next door since the late ‘60s.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".