Julie Small Sacramento Correspondent
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Julie Small covers state government, prisons and the California Supreme Court for Southern California Public Radio.
Before joining KPCC, Julie spent 7 years as the deputy foreign editor for Public Radio’s critically acclaimed "Marketplace." She helped shape the show’s coverage of Asia during China ascendency and India’s growing economic influence. She was the Los Angeles producer of a two-week live broadcast from China in 2006 and produced some other series on counterfeit goods, and the effect of the Iraq War on European-US trade relations. She also produced the "Marketplace Morning Report" for a stint.
Small is a former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She's also reported for NPR, "The California Report," and "Weekend America."
Small earned her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
In 1996 she helped launch a national campaign for redress for Japanese-Latin Americans interned by the U.S. government during World War II. The group won a settlement from the U.S. Department of Justice in 1998.
When she’s not walking the halls of the state capitol, Julie spends her free time enjoying life with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she misses her home town of Los Angeles.
Stories by Julie Small
Two humpback whales that swam 90 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean to the Sacramento Delta were just a few miles from the ocean on Tuesday night. KPCC's Julie Small monitored the rescue effort from a boat.
Two humpback whales that swam 90 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean have apparently made it home. KPCC's Julie Small gives Shirley Jahad an update from the Presidio near Golden Gate Bridge, where the team has just announced the good news.
Scientists trying to rescue those two wayward whales will try a new tactic today. They'll spray them with fire hoses to keep them heading down the Sacramento River, into the San Francisco Bay... and out to the ocean. The whales started heading west on Sunday. But when they reached the Rio Vista Bridge, they stopped. They've been circling there ever since. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
A judge this week gave California the go-ahead to continue transfering prisoners out of state while the state appeals a ruling that blocked the transfers. Governor Schwarzenegger wants to move some inmates to privately-run lockups in other states to ease prison overcrowding.
Two whales that swam from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Port of Sacramento are heading back out to sea. At least, that's what it looks like. By last night, they'd traveled about 25 miles back towards the ocean, with a huge rescue operation in tow. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday released a new set of procedures for carrying out executions at San Quentin prison. A federal judge had said the previous guidelines were unconstitutional.
Governor Schwarzenegger has unveiled a revised budget that calls for spending more on education and prison reform, but Democrats are upset that the Governor wants to trim the state's welfare-to-work program.
Governor Schwarzenegger's office is suggesting there could be several hundred million dollars in cost-cutting when the May budget revision is released today.
Two years ago, a federal judge took control of health care at California's 33 prisons, after the Corrections Department failed to improve substandard conditions. On Thursday, the federal receiver in charge of the state's prison medical care released his plan to fix it. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
We had a dry winter, and it's been a dry spring. You can guess what that'll mean for the summer and fall. CalFire, the state's firefighting agency, already has. KPCC state capitol reporter Julie Small says it's added an impressive new weapon to its firefighting arsenal.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill Thursday that Republican and Democratic leaders are calling the dawn of an historic new era in prison management.
State Lawmakers will vote today on a plan that would add thousands of new beds to state prisons. A federal judge had ordered state officials to come up with a solution to the prison overcrowding problem by May 15.
The California State Legislature passed a prison reform bill Thursday. The $7.4 billion measure relieves overcrowding at state prisons and county jails by adding beds and rehabilitation programs. The Governor called the bill historic and says he'll sign it. But critics call it something else.
One year ago today, Robert Sillen toured San Quentin State Prison for the first time. He’d been put in charge of health care for all of California’s prisons by a San Francisco federal judge who was angry that state officials had done little to improve care. What Sillen observed on that visit a year ago pushed him to launch sweeping reforms in prison health care. But has it done any good? To find out, KPCC’s Julie Small visited San Quentin - the penitentiary federal receiver Robert Sillen chose to be his laboratory for reform.
Robert Sillen was appointed one year ago to reform the healthcare system in California prisons. California prison inmates sued the state over poor medical care five years ago, but prison officials have done little to change the system.