Nick Roman

Host, All Things Considered

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Nick Roman is KPCC's host of All Things Considered.

Roman has been a fixture in Southern California radio news for more than 30 years. From 1984-2004, he was the voice of news at KLON/KKJZ in Long Beach, serving as a producer, anchor, and news director. Along the way he helped create CALNET, a daily statewide news program, where he was a producer, news editor and host.

He's proud to have trained such accomplished journalists as Kitty Felde and Frank Stoltze. Roman has also worked for the past 25 years teaching broadcast journalism to students at Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton. His love of sports has led him to file numerous stories for NPR's "Only A Game."

Stories by Nick Roman

Gay serviceman: Just end 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

President Obama has said the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy on gays in the military weakens national security. An attorney for the nation’s largest Republican gay rights group says he plans to use those words to knock out the policy.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown: DNA collection legal, effective

California State Attorney General Jerry Brown says collecting DNA from felons is legal and effective in fighting crime. Brown was in federal court in San Francisco today to defend Proposition 69 – the voter-approved law that lets authorities collect and store DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony.

Homeboy Industries lays off 300 people

Homeboy Industries – East L.A.’s long-standing anti-gang program – took a big punch yesterday. It announced it’s laid off its paid staff of 300 people. Homeboy’s aim is to teach job skills to gang members so they could get out gangs. Now Homeboy’s in a fight to stay open.

Prius, Insight, Fusion hybrids top Kelley Blue Book’s 'green car' list

Kelley Blue Book is out with this year’s list of the Top 10 “green cars.” The list factors in more than gas mileage and carbon emissions.

'Moneyball' baseball hiring method now everyone's ballgame

Eight years ago, writer Michael Lewis spent the entire baseball season with the Oakland A’s. He wanted to see how one of the major league's poorest teams could compete with the rich and powerful New York Yankees. Lewis wrote what he learned in “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”

LAUSD to review, and maybe deny, thousands of student transfers

The Los Angeles Unified School District is changing a long-standing policy that allowed 12,000 L.A. students attend schools outside the district.

UCLA professor says time to examine value of charter schools

Los Angeles is among the target cities for a new federal effort to root out racial divides in public schools. UCLA education professor Gary Orfield says that should include a close look at charter schools.

AG says Haim death linked to prescription drug ring

State Attorney General Jerry Brown says this week's death of former child actor Corey Haim is linked to a prescription drug ring that his office has had under investigation.

Tom Campbell to announce he's dropping out of California's gubernatorial race

Political bloggers hinted at it – but political reporters for the “San Jose Mercury News” have said it straight out: Former Congressman Tom Campbell plans to announce on Thursday in Los Angeles that he’s dropping out of the race for governor.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants to revise tenure rules

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants the district to get rid of ineffective teachers before they gain tenure, saying the nation's second-largest school system has largely failed to adequately evaluate teacher performance.

LA medical pot dispensaries capped at 70, but 137 to stay open

The new medical marijuana rules in Los Angeles will cap the number of pot dispensaries in the city at 70. But 137 will be allowed to do business under the L.A. City Council's revamped regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

California students not too fat - but still not fit

California kids aren’t all that fat – but they’re not as fit as they should be, either. That’s the basic finding in the new round of physical fitness test scores for public schools in California. The scores reflect how physically fit fifth, seventh, and ninth graders are.

California health officials roll out H1N1 vaccine

The H1N1 “swine flu” vaccine is available now in Los Angeles and more is on the way. County public health director Dr. Jonathan Fielding is distributing 92,000 doses now of the FluMist nasal spray. By the end of the month, the county will have 1.3-million doses in nasal spray and flu shot form, Fielding says.

Researchers warn foothills below burned hills face mudflow danger

U.S. Geological Survey researchers warn foothill areas below hillsides burned by the Station Fire could face mudflow danger this winter.

Universal dumps movie bosses after summer flicks flop

Universal Pictures has let go its two top movie studio bosses after a disastrous summer season. KPCC’s Nick Roman has details.