Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter

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Adrian Florido is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.

Prior to joining KPCC, Adrian worked as a reporter for the Fronteras Desk at public radio station KPBS in San Diego, where he covered the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant and tribal communities, demographics, and culture.

Before that Adrian worked as a staff writer at Voice of San Diego, where he reported on San Diego neighborhoods, immigrant and under-served communities, as well as development, planning, land use and transportation. For a year, he delivered a weekly television segment on NBC San Diego.

Adrian is a Southern California native who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. He majored in history with an emphasis on the U.S. and Latin America. In college he was news editor at the student paper, the Chicago Maroon, and also spent time reporting from Capitol Hill and working with the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

When he's not reporting, he's out running, seeking out good coffee or listening to good music. He has a special affinity for Son Jarocho, a traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz. He travels there as often as possible to learn from old-time musicians.


Stories by Adrian Florido

LA's e-cigarette ban takes effect Saturday

Here's what you need to know about L.A.'s ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places.

First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA

When Morales founded the Eastside Bike Club in 2008, he weighed 400 pounds. Today he's fit and healthy, and using biking to spread the gospel of healthy living.

For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope

Fewer and fewer dentists will accept poor kids on Denti-Cal because of low reimbursement rates. A pilot program suggests that hygienists could help fill the gap.

Exide neighbors can get blood tests for lead

County health officials say anyone living within two miles of the troubled battery recycler can have their blood tested for free.

More than 500,000 Californians still signing up for health insurance

Those who started their applications before midnight on March 31st have until April 15th to finish enrolling. In addition, Latino enrollment jumped in March.

LA County grapples with health care plan for those in the US illegally

The county plans to spend $56 million a year on a managed care-type program. Immigrant advocates want the county to double the funding.

Why the jury is still out on e-cigarettes

The product's chemical composition is constantly changing, making it very hard for researchers to design studies to assess e-cigarettes' effects.

Update: OC cities weigh emergency declaration after quakes

More than 100 tremors have rattled the region, with the largest yet Saturday afternoon. Residents have begun returning to evacuated homes in Fullerton.

California has 13 more measles cases, bringing 2014 total to 49

At least 16 of the measles victims were intentionally unvaccinated. California allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

Study: No link between e-cigarettes and quitting smoking

The data come with caveats and are unlikely to settle the debate about whether e-cigarettes do more harm than good.

Flu claims 10 more lives in California, but flu season is tapering off

State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths this season has reached 342.

Blood tests for Exide neighbors still more than 2 weeks off

Los Angeles County was supposed to offer free tests by last fall. A county official says planning took much longer than expected.

14 of California's 32 measles cases intentionally unvaccinated

Public health officials say the anti-vaccination movement could spark a resurgence of the respiratory disease.

Surge in measles cases continues: California now has 32 in 2014

Measles was technically eliminated in the US in 2000, but people who travel abroad can still contract and spread the disease - as can those who do not get vaccinated.

Covered California: Signups picking up as deadline nears

The pace of enrollment is picking up as the March 31 deadline nears. Covered California's chief says there's 'a lot of work to do' before March 31 deadline.