Leila Day


Leila Day is a staff reporter and producer at KALW, with a current focus on criminal justice and healthcare reporting.  She has a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She's produced work for AARP, NPR and was awarded the 2015 USC Annenberg Fellowship for Reporting on Health. Before radio life, Leila spent 4 years in Havana, Cuba where she developed a dance intensive program and was a frequent contributor to Cuba's national newspaper, Juventud Rebelde.

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This probably isn't news to anyone living in San Francisco, but our City by the Bay has the highest rent in the country, and the competition out there for an apartment is fierce. San Francisco rents have gone up about 15.8 percent from a year ago while rents in other parts of the country are rising with a rate of inflation of about 2.7 percent. While some argue that owners are taking advantage of the tech bubble to hike up the market value of their properties, but there are owners who resist  the urge to cash in on the rental wars.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is one of the most polarizing figures in San Francisco. Since moving to the city in 1984, he’s gone from co-founding the Green Party to graduating from the Police Academy and serving as a City Supervisor. He was also convicted of false imprisonment of his wife, Eliana Lopez, in a highly publicized incident of domestic violence. As a result, San Franciscans have strong opinions about the sheriff. Mayor Ed Lee has made his known, attempting to have Mirkarimi permanently removed from his position.

Sun, sand, and protest

Oct 23, 2012
John Montgomery

There are many ways to support your candidates- or propositions-of-choice before voting on November 6. You can obviously give your time, by volunteering to call potential voters, or handing out leaflets. And campaigns will always welcome the contribution of your hard-earned cash.


It’s a rare sensitivity to normal, everyday sounds, like typing, or footsteps, or even breathing. And it’s being increasingly diagnosed. Researchers believe Misophonia begins in adolescence, but it can carry into adulthood. It can cause the people who believe they’re suffering from it to feel enraged, panicked, and inescapably overwhelmed.

KALW’s Leila Day spoke with a teenager who believes she’s suffering from Misophonia in this story of a family’s struggle with sound.  A note for our readers: we’re only using the girls’ first name to protect her identity.

Gabrielle Douglas, who brought home the gold in the gymnastics individual all-around competition a couple of weeks ago, is one of the many Olympians coming home to great fanfare this week.

While the world will remember Gabby's phenomenal skill and poise, a few people decided to focus on something that had nothing to do with her competition...her hair.

A handful of negative tweets about the Olympian’s hairdo initiated a heated debate online about vanity, ethnicity, and hair texture that carried over to mainstream media.

Private homeowners are trying to give graffiti artists a legal, public canvas. KALW's Leila Day spoke with a Bernal Heights couple that hired local artist Get Up to come tag their house.

Listen to their conversation above. 


Just 47 miles north of San Francisco, a country road winds through the small town of Glen Ellen, where a sign directs you to Jack London State Historic Park.

Bob Ruether is a docent at the park. He guides me along trails lined with ancient manzanita trees, where everything is still. It’s like walking through a painting. The air is damp from an early morning rain. Down a hill a group of teenage boys from a halfway house pull out sandwiches and sit at a bench with their teacher.

((Huffington Post)) // Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is in town presenting a paper about transgender Health at San Francisco General Hospital. The 50-year-old sexologist at the Cuban National Center for Sex Education will also sit on a panel at the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association happening in San Francisco this week…

(Mercury News) // The Golden State Warriors are expected to announce, today, plans to move the team from Oakland to San Francisco, building a news arena on piers 30 and 32, near the Bay Bridge. The move could happen as early as 2017. The Warriors currently owe $95 million to the city of Oakland for renovations to their current home at the Oracle Arena...

(SF Gate) // The debate continues over naming a U.S. Navy ship after Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Critics of the idea believe that Harvey Milk would not approve of his name on a Navy ship because of his opposition to war, while supporters argue that it would be a global honor for a Navy ship to be given Milk's name. Harvey Milk joined the Navy in 1951, before his political career in San Francisco…