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Sonia Narang

Elections and Health Coverage Manager

Sonia Narang managed KALW's elections coverage, and is heading up the station's Health & Equity reporting project.

Sonia's multimedia stories from her home state of California and around the world also appear on PRI's The World, NPR News, The Washington Post's The Lily, and others.

Sonia has a master's degree in journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and got her start in radio while reporting in Japan for Public Radio International. Sonia began her career in journalism as a print reporter for a community newspaper in Colorado.

The Native American Health Center (NAHC) in Oakland teamed up with FEMA and Alameda County to provide vaccines at a pop-up site in Oakland's Fruitvale district, one of the areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

As of this morning, Oakland Coliseum had appointments slots available for this weekend, Feb. 20-21. Only Alameda County residents who are ages 65+ or health care workers or educators are eligible right now. Sign up here: (Slots are booking very fast for drive-thru appointments, but more slots are open for walk-up appointments.)

California approves $600 stimulus for low-income residents who earn less than $30,000 annually. Read more about who qualifies, and how it works in this article from

This week, San Mateo County is offering a free drive-through vaccination clinic at San Francisco Airport (SFO) for residents 65 years old and older as well as health care workers. Appointments are required, and register here through Carbon Health’s website.

On Tuesday, February 16, one of California’s FEMA-run mass vaccination sites opens at the Oakland Coliseum. While appointments are currently limited, the state eventually hopes to get up to 6,000 people vaccinated at the coliseum each day.

COVID–19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Solano County Residents Age 75+ this Wednesday through Friday, February 10-12. Vaccine clinics are held at NorthBay Healthcare’s Green Valley Administration Center, located at 4500 Business Center Drive, Fairfield CA 94534.

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Richmond Art Studio Keeps People With Disabilities Connected During The Pandemic - KALW News/Crosscurrents: In Richmond, a progressive art studio ensures its artists with developmental disabilities can continue their creative work virtually and at home.

Homeless Parking Pilot Program Heading to Hilltop Mall or Civic Center - Richmond Pulse

KALW’s Health & Equity reporting project will focus on 5 Bay Area communities – West Oakland, East Palo Alto, SF Bayview, Fairfield, and Richmond. In this morning's news update, we focus on East Palo Alto.

KALW’s Health & Equity reporting project will focus on five Bay Area communities – West Oakland, East Palo Alto, SF Bayview, Fairfield, and Richmond. Today, we begin with West Oakland.

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News about the pandemic has been hard to miss. Coronavirus hospitalizations are soaring across California, leading to stricter COVID-19 restrictions in much of the state. Health officials are preparing for another surge of cases in the next few weeks, and they predict hospital ICU beds could reach peak capacity soon.

On November 3, 2020, when polls closed on the West Coast at 8pm, KALW Elections Coverage Manager Sonia Narang and News Director Ben Trefny hosted three hours of live conversation, interspersed with national reports and analysis.

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What does Joe Biden's election as President of the United States mean for the San Francisco Bay Area? How does Kamala Harris' historic election to the executive office impact women, people of color, and Californians? Who will Governor Gavin Newsom appoint to the Senate seat she leaves behind?

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In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor this summer, the movement to reform police departments gained momentum across the country. Yesterday, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly approved a number of local police accountability measures.

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Over the past weeks, we've ramped up our voter outreach in five communities with historically lower voter turnout rates.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Oakland Measure RR asks voters to remove a $1,000 limit on fines received for violating ordinances. This includes rules against misdemeanors like illegal dumping, vandalism, and excessive noise.

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As Election Day approaches, we're focusing on communities with historically low voter turnout in five Bay Area counties. These 5 areas include West Oakland in Alameda County, Richmond’s Iron Triangle in Contra Costa County, Bayview-Hunter’s Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto in San Mateo County, and Fairfield in Solano County. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Berkeley was an early adopter of citizen oversight of its police force. It established a Police Review Commission in 1973, well before Oakland and San Francisco.

But after nearly fifty years, proponents of Measure II say the commission is outdated, lacks power, and lags behind other progressive reforms found around the Bay Area.



This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Currently, San Francisco does not have a department solely dedicated to keeping its streets and public areas clean. Those responsibilities are currently part of the Public Works department. Measure B proposes splitting off some of public works’ responsibilities into a new department of sanitation and streets.