Dan Brekke, KQED Public Media

Dan Brekke

KQED Public Media

Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Dan:

A Potential Flood Threat Is Hidden in the East Bay Hills — Chabot Dam

What would happen if Chabot Dam in the East Bay Hills cracked open during a major earthquake and emptied the 3 billion or so gallons of water behind it onto San Leandro and Oakland? → Read More

Yosemite Has Reopened: What to Know About Visiting

California's most iconic national park welcomes visitors again after a weeklong closure prompted by poor air quality. → Read More

KQED's Peter Jon Shuler Retiring From Airwaves After 30-Plus Years Behind the Mic

A native of small-town Michigan, veteran public radio reporter covered the rise and fall and rise of Silicon Valley and many more key Bay Area stories. → Read More

Two Iconic California Trains Face Schedule Cuts as Pandemic Slows Long-Distance Travel

Amtrak announces that the Coast Starlight and California Zephyr, popular with generations of West Coast railfans, will run just three times a week instead of daily. → Read More

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Public Transit, and What That Means for You

Transit operators have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue since shelter-at-home orders were imposed in March. It's going to take an infusion of cash or a lot of time to recover. → Read More

CHARTS: Traffic Is Still Way Down Across the Bay Area — But It's Making a Comeback

Location data from mobile devices shows how Bay Area traffic volumes plummeted at the outset of coronavirus shelter-at-home orders — and documents how it's slowly but surely returning. → Read More

What's the Path Forward for Bay Area Public Transit?

Leaders at the Bay Area's public transit agencies are dealing with a massive fiscal crisis that happened seemingly overnight. → Read More

As Coronavirus Crisis Deepens, SF Muni Forced to Cancel Service on Most Lines

With hundreds of bus operators off the job due to virus concerns, agency plans to focus resources on a handful of essential routes. → Read More

Voters Reject SMART Train Sales Tax Extension in Sonoma and Marin

A sales tax measure that would extend the North Bay’s rail transit system's funding through the year 2059 is falling far short of the required two-thirds vote needed for approval. → Read More

An Eye for the Strange and Wonderful: Remembering KQED’s Patricia Yollin

A reporter, editor and mentor for news organizations including the San Francisco Examiner, Chronicle and KQED, Pat Yollin spent 45 years in journalism. She died last week in Berkeley at age 69. → Read More

Are You Starting to Wonder When It Will Rain Again? We Are, Too

Amid a string of disturbingly beautiful days, the rainy season of 2019-20 is looking like a bust. And with no rain in sight, concerns are beginning to mount about the coming fire season. → Read More

A Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle Gets Green Light From Federal Highway Safety Agency

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants exemption for Mountain View-based Nuro to operate autonomous delivery vehicles. Coming soon to a curb near you (if you live in Houston): Your Walmart grocery order and maybe a couple of Domino's pies. → Read More

San Francisco's Market Street Is Going 'Car Free' Next Week — 7 Things You Need to Know

The city is about to embark on the latest step of a plan to improve transit on the city's most important thoroughfare and make it safer and more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists. → Read More

San Francisco's Market Street Is Going 'Car Free' Next Week — 7 Things You Need to Know

The city is about to embark on the latest step of a plan to improve transit on the city's most important thoroughfare and make it safer and more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists. → Read More

A Breathtaking New Bike Path and What It Might Mean for Future Commuters

It's too early to say how much use the new 'people path' on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will get, but it's the latest move toward creating more and better non-motorized access to Bay Area bridges. → Read More

Holiday Week Forecast: Wet Weather, and Then More Wet Weather

But storms moving through the Bay Area and Northern California promise only light to moderate rain and snow totals through Christmas week. → Read More

BART Police Citations for 'Quality of Life' Offenses to Get Closer Scrutiny

Agency staff directed to study how police enforce law on minor infractions after statistics show riders of color received 80% of citations or warnings for eating and drinking on trains. → Read More

Map: Potential PG&E Power Outage This Week

With a new onslaught of high winds forecast to sweep bone-dry Northern California, PG&E says 900,000 customers in 25 counties will likely have their power shutoff Wednesday and Thursday. → Read More

With High Winds Returning, PG&E Says It Will Shut Off Power in 22 Counties

PG&E says heightened fire danger will lead it to turn off power in an area stretching from the East Bay to the northern Sierra Nevada. → Read More

Cyclists and Walkers, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Is Now Yours, Too

Saturday celebration will open up 6-mile path across span between Marin and Contra Costa counties. → Read More