Audrey Dilling

Reporter/Producer

Audrey Dilling produces KALW's community storytelling project, Hear Here, which began as part of the Association of Independents in Radio's national "Localore" initiative, designed to bring journalistic and technical ingenuity to extending public media service to more Americans. Part radio project, part community engagement effort, and part live event series, Hear Here gives Bay Area residents a chance to make their voices heard – on public airwaves, online, and on stage. 

For over two years, Dilling has worked alongside the vibrant KALW News team, reporting and producing radio features for the evening news magazine Crosscurrents; and serving as a web editor, online engagement strategist, and volunteer coordinator.

Dilling studied audio documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.

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5:20pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Where will our future water supply come from, if not rain?

The LA Times recently published an editorial that reported that California’s reservoirs are currently storing only about a year’s worth of water supply. Significant storms could still add to that supply, but it’s daunting data, coming at the tail end of the traditional wet season.

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5:18pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Upgrading San Francisco's aging pipes in times of drought

San Francisco's Stockton tunnel is shut down due to a water main break in March of 2014.
Flickr user toyzrus8

The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water system, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), carries water to 2.6 million customers in the Bay Area. How it does that is remarkable – remarkably simple, says PUC Water Resources Manager, David Briggs.

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6:11pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Arts & Culture

Lost Weekend Video finds new ways to entertain in the digital age

Audrey DIlling

A couple on an evening stroll down Valencia Street comes to a stop outside Lost Weekend Video. They’re peering in through the big front window.

“I wanted to check it out because I haven’t seen a video store in a long time,” says Abel Martinez. “These days I watch a lot of pirated movies.”

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5:45pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

What's it going to take to get out of the drought?

Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir.
Under CC license from Flickr user Janet Ciucci

California is entering its fourth year of drought – and it’s really starting to show in some of the state’s most vital water resources. The Central Valley Project, which supplies water for about a third of California’s farmland, recently announced it had no water to give. That means those farmers will have to seek water elsewhere or let fields go fallow. About six percent of available farmland went unplanted last year due to the drought, resulting in more than $1 billion in lost revenue. The dire situation has left farmers and regular folks alike wondering when’s it going to end.

KALW’s Audrey Dilling has been looking into how much water it would take to get us out of this drought. She joined KALW’s Hana Baba in studio to talk about what she learned.

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6:00pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

San Jose permanently okays killing wild pigs

A wild pig in the hills of Santa Clara County.
Under CC license from Flickr user Don McCullough

For this story we head down to San Jose, where wild pigs have been causing quite a stir. These big, burly beasts weigh around 300 pounds. All that weight can do a lot of damage when it goes tearing through a suburban lawn or golf course. That’s what these animals have been up to lately around San Jose, especially in the neighborhoods that border rural hillsides. So, in January, the San Jose City Council voted to extend a law that allows licensed people to trap and shoot the animals. The law was set to expire, but now it’s in effect permanently. To find out what this means for San Jose and it’s pig population, KALW’s Audrey Dilling spoke with Terris Kasteen from California Fish and Wildlife.

TERRIS KASTEEN: The pigs come through in one night and the sod is completely roto-tilled. It's torn up. Gone.

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