Katie Orr, KQED Public Media

Katie Orr

KQED Public Media

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Past articles by Katie:

In California, Suburban White Women Are Turning Away From Trump

Trump is openly courting the vote of suburban women, but a recent California poll found that 65% of likely women voters support Democrat Joe Biden. → Read More

Northern California Wildfires Update

We’ll get an update on the northern California wildfires and Bay Area air quality. → Read More


Anti-Vaccination Activists Join Stay-At-Home Order Protesters

Among those rallying against state shutdown orders are anti-vaccination activists. They see these protests as a way to form political alliances that promote their movement. → Read More

Newsom Names New Head of DMV, Stresses Incremental Change to Agency

Newsom changes DMV leadership as the agency prepares for the federal Real ID deadline. → Read More

Participation in California's Paid Family Leave Program is Growing, But Who's Benefiting?

New research finds the program isn't working for many of those who need it the most. → Read More

Bill to Limit Police Use of Force Advances in State Legislature

The bill would change the current "reasonable" deadly force standard to "necessary." → Read More

Women Shaping Newsom Administration in Key Roles

Females make up 70 percent of the governor's office staff, and are helping to set priorities and influence policy. → Read More

Cannabis Leaders Say California's Recreational Pot Market Faltering

They're reaching out to the Newsom administration with recommendations on how to fix the legal market. → Read More

Tech, Labor and Newsom Search for Common Ground on the Future of Gig Workers

Uber and other big gig companies are lobbying lawmakers in Sacramento to loosen recently established rules on who can be considered an independent contractor. → Read More

Newsom Inauguration Special: LIVE Coverage

Gavin Newsom takes the oath of office to become California's 40th governor. Live coverage and analysis from KQED's politics team and Capital Public Radio. → Read More

Democratic Women Gain Seats in California City Governments

Data shows the trend of Democratic women picking up seats extended to California local governments. → Read More

Brown Optimistic Rail, Water Projects Will be Completed After He Leaves

Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office with two big infrastructure projects unfinished. Both are controversial and face uncertain futures. → Read More

Poll: Californians Want Universal Health Coverage, Free Community College

With the election over, Californians are letting Governor-elect Gavin Newsom know what their priorities are. → Read More

In Final Stretch, Democrat Mike Levin Hopes to Flip 49th District House Seat

Democrats saw a prime opportunity when GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who long held the seat, announced his retirement last year. → Read More

Women of Color Want to Leave an Impact This Election

Women running for office are breaking political barriers around the country. That includes many women of color — who often face additional hurdles. → Read More

Women Juggle Raising Kids and Running for Office as Norms Shift

As a record number of women run for office, many must make political calculations about their families, from Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. → Read More

Lawmakers Pass New Firearm Restrictions, Send Bills to Gov.'s Desk

The California Legislature approved three bills which would expand the category of people prohibited from owning firearms in the state. → Read More

'Worth the Fight': Meet the California Women Running for the First Time

We wanted to hear from women running for office for the first time, and nearly 50 responded. → Read More

Environmental Issues Weigh Heavily for California Voters

A strong majority of the state's voters say environmental issues will help them decide between gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox. → Read More

Big City Mayors Welcome State Money For Homeless Services

California cities received half a billion dollars to combat homelessness in the recently signed state budget. → Read More