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Imran Ali Malik

Radio Reporting Fellow

Imran Ali Malik is a fellow in KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020. His reporting interests are design, economy, and telling stories of invisible structures and forgotten histories.

Imran is the host and creator of American Submitter, a podcast that documents a search for meaning as person living in the western world through the lens of Islam.

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As of Thursday, there are dozens of active fires in the Bay Area. But with a pandemic raging, there’s also a shortage of one particular group of firefighters: inmate firefighters.


  Hundreds of Easy Bay residents have been without water since Wednesday night because of breaks in century old water lines.

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Proposition 22 is the “app-based drivers as contractors” initiative.

Remember AB5? The so-called “gig worker bill” that was signed into law last year in California? That law aimed to remove ambiguities around whether gig workers could be classified as independent contractors or employees. And, while it applied to all types of freelancers, the bill was largely seen as going after Uber and Lyft to get them to provide healthcare and other benefits to their drivers. 

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With a recent surge in Coronavirus cases, UC Berkeley has decided to begin the fall semester fully remote.

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San Francisco Public health officials released guidelines this week on how to safely reopen San Francisco’s schools, considering both the public health effects of the virus as well as students’ learning and well-being.

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As Bay Area cities are continuing to ease social distancing measures, Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Anthony Fauci warn Californians to remain cautious.


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Oakland councilmembers are proposing serious changes to their police department budget.

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The Mayor's Office of San Francisco announced a new program to issue temporary outdoor-dining permits to restaurants.


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National outrage over the police-related death of George Floyd continues into a second week. In San Francisco, some are ignoring city wide curfews in peaceful protest.

Yesterday, around 4 p.m., about 50 protesters gathered at San Francisco City Hall. Surrounded by police officers, they chanted, "Black lives matter!" and "no justice, no peace, defund the police!”

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Today is the second day of protesting for the cooks and cashiers at a McDonald’s on 45th Street and Telegraph ave in North Oakland. 

Newsom’s Budget Criticized / Flush Your Pipes! / LA County Reopening / McDonald’s Workers Strike In Oakland

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In trying to address the growing number of tents clogging city sidewalks, San Francisco is trying out a new unprecedented program.

Counties Entering Phase Two / Paid Sick Leave in Oakland / Tesla Dispute Resolved / Tech Companies Encouraging Working From Home


A new, free, and open to all COVID-19 test site opened on May 6th, 2020 in East Oakland. 

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Across California, students are seeking to recoup money paid for a college experience that has been dramatically transformed by the pandemic. A student at UC Davis has filed a class action lawsuit against the UC system. The lawsuit accuses the university of profiting from the pandemic.

Some Businesses Allowed To Reopen As Shelter-In-Place Extends / San Francisco Unified Adopts New Grading Policy For Remainder Of School Year / Funding Needed To Continue Meal Program For Seniors / California To Require Automakers To Sell More Zero-Emission Trucks

Disaster Assistance For Immigrants Rate Increases In SFMTA Budget Proposal / California DMV Extends Driver's License Validity

Coronavirus Caseload / Sheltering San Francisco's Homeless Residents / Santa Cruz Closes Beaches And Parks 

Coronavirus Testing Data / Cases Increase For Healthcare Workers / Campuses Closed For Academic Year

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The first Monday of the shelter-in-place ordinance came with overcast skies over the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. This one comes from New York staff writer Jelani Cobb. He asks, “How did there get to be an entirely separate city inside of Oakland?”

Imran Ali Malik

The carpet in Maria Montes de Oca’s apartment is matted and discolored. She shows me how the base of the cabinet under her sink has collapsed from water damage.

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Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people. 

I first discovered narrative storytelling podcasts at a time of great transition in my life. I had never before appreciated power of the real human voice that tells a story of something that really happened to them, something that they really felt.


Proposition E looks to address San Francisco’s twin crises — homelessness and ultra-high housing costs. If it passes, more of the city opens up to affordable housing development.