Joaquin Palomino

Joaquin Palomino is an award-winning print and radio journalist, with an emphasis on in-depth and investigative criminal justice and environmental reporting. He has a BA from UC Santa Cruz in community studies/social documentation, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley. Along with regularly contributing to the East Bay Express, a weekly newspaper based out of Oakland, he has also written for Alternet, the Sacramento News and Review, and the Contra Costa Times, and produced radio segments for numerous NPR affiliate stations and nationally distributed NPR shows.


University of California at Santa Cruz
September 2003 - April 2008
BA in Community Studies with and emphasis on radio production and social documentation

Published Stories:

Staying Alive
San Francisco Bay Guardian
A San Francisco support group addresses the growing mental health crisis unfolding among long-term HIV survivors, and some of the hardships of cheating death.
California's Thirsty Almonds
East Bay Express
While California is being choked by one of the worst droughts on record, a small group of farmers in the western San Joaquin Valley are pushing for a $25 billion water project that would help them continue to irrigate thirsty crops in the desert.
Richmond struggles to solve homicide cases
Contra Costa Times
While the city is set to finish 2013 with its lowest homicide total in years, a far lower percentage of the killings has been solved, according to police statistics. As of Friday, 16 people had been slain in Richmond this year. Only four of those homicide cases have been solved.
The Unforeseen Costs of Having Your Car Stolen
Richmond Confidential
Last year more car's were stolen in Richmond than in any other small city in the country. While having your car stolen is by all accounts pretty awful, recovering it can be an equally taxing endeavor.
Richmond Refuses to Bow to Wall Street
East Bay Express
Despite lawsuits, threats, and political attacks, the city is forging ahead with plans to create a consortium of cities that would adopt its anti-foreclosure plan.
Richmond Joins Departments Using Sophisticated Cameras to Catch Car Thieves
Contra Costa Times
Richmond police photograph about 44,000 license plates every day, a rate that would yield more than 16 million photos stockpiled by 2014. Why the huge data-collection operation? To reduce auto theft and recover stolen vehicles, police say, a problem so severe that it demands a new approach to combat it.
Zombie Properties Spread in Richmond
East Bay Express
Zombie foreclosure are on the rise in Richmond. These are homes in which a bank sent a notice of foreclosure to the homeowner, along with a sale date. The owner then abandons the property thinking he or she has lost it. But if it doesn't sell at auction, the bank delays finalizing the foreclosure, forcing the previous owner to shoulder all the liability that comes with owning an abandoned home.
When Cops Lie
East Bay Express
If an officer has lied under oath, prosecutors are supposed to tell defense attorneys about it, but that doesn't always happen. Dishonest cops also are supposed to lose their jobs, but that doesn't always happen either.
When Cops Lie
East Bay Express
If an officer has lied under oath, prosecutors are supposed to tell defense attorneys about it, but that doesn't always happen. Dishonest cops also are supposed to lose their jobs, but that doesn't always happen either.
False Witness
East Bay Express
Eyewitnesses often mistakenly accuse innocent people of committing crimes, yet most police agencies refuse to implement reforms that would limit false identifications.
Tunnel Vision Part One: Delta in Peril
East Bay Express
The heart of California's water system is the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a maze of islands and waterways that provides drinking water to 25 million people, and supplies irrigation water for the fifth-largest agricultural industry in the world. However, the Delta is on the brink of a full environmental collapse, and the state's plan to remedy the problem may do more harm than good.
The University of Private Enterprise
East Bay Express
Over the past fifteen years, UC Berkeley has experienced an explosion in privately funded research. The infusion of corporate cash at UC Berkeley has drastically changed the type of research being done at the university, and has many concerned that the public-service element of science is dying.
UC Berkeley Seeks China Gold
East Bay Express
UC Berkeley is working on a new research facility in Shanghai that promises to attract more money from foreign students who pay higher tuition, yet some professors are concerned about what it might mean for the future of higher public education.
The People's Paramedics
East Bay Express
Slow response times from first responders in Oakland have prompted a pair of activists to teach residents how to save lives — and perhaps unite against violence at the same time.
The People's Police Department
East Bay Express
Using public documents and interviews, this article details how the Detroit Police Department has been able to reform under a federal consent decree, while the Oakland Police Department has not. Joaquin Palomino received a community achievement award from the Oakland non-profit PUEBLO for this article.
Reforming the Oakland Police Department
NPR Affiliate KALW
In the second part of this series, Joaquin Palomino looks at the past nine years for the OPD under what’s known as the Negotiated Settlement Agreement - a legal agreement that hoped to bring accountability into the force.
Why OPD is Approaching a Federal Takeover
NPR Affiliate KALW
Between 1995 and 2000, Oakland averaged just below 7,000 violent crimes per year, making it the most dangerous small city in California. Then Mayor Jerry Brown was promising to slash that number by 20 percent. Brown’s no holds barred approach to fighting crime was welcomed by many Oakland residents who felt besieged by the cities rampant violence, but in the police department it had some unintended consequences.
Tenderloin National Forest
NPR's Latino USA
We go to the Tenderloin district, one of San Francisco’s most densely populated areas to visit the Tenderloin National Forest, one of few green and open spaces in the neighborhood.
How California's Prison Population Exploded
East Bay Express
This article details how California sentencing laws impede rehabilitation in prison, and it profiles three released term-to-life inmates who exemplify the contradictions in California's corrections system.
A Week of Protests and Raids at UC Berkeley
NPR Affiliate KALW
Early this morning at UC Berkeley police cleared an Occupy Cal encampment which had been set up for a second time. Almost all campers left voluntarily, except for two who were arrested. This the latest in a lot of action that has taken place at the campus this week: a university-wide strike, arrests, and police raids. All in the same plaza where more than forty years ago, the Free Speech Movement was born:
Dry Farming - A Technique for a Water Scarce Future
Making Contact
It’s a historical quirk that the middle of a desert–California’s central valley–has been made into an artificial agricultural oasis. Farmers in the Central Valley are seeing increasing water scarcity. So how to handle a dry outlook ahead? To look into one idea, Making Contact correspondent Joaquin Palomino visited the nearby Central Coast growing region.


Peninsula Press Club's Greater Bay Area Journalism Award (June 2013)
Joaquin Palomino and three other reporters received a first-place award for their on going coverage of the Oakland Police Department for the East Bay Express.

Work Experience:

Richmond Confidential  - Richmond CA  ( September 2013 - January 2014 )
Joaquin Palomino is a reporter for this hyper-local news-site run by UC Berkeley’s graduate school of journalism. He has produced over two-dozen features, news articles, photo essays, and videos.
NPR's Latino USA  - Washington DC  ( May 2012 - June 2012 )
Joaquin Palomino produced a 7-minute radio documentary for this nationally distributed NPR show.
KALW Radio  - San Francisco CA  ( September 2011 - June 2012 )
Along with producing dozens of sound-rich segments during his 7-month internship, Joaquin Palomino also helped maintain KALW’s website and engineered audio for the nightly news magazine Crosscurrents.
East Bay Express  - Oakland CA  ( April 2011 -  )
Joaquin Palomino regularly contributes to this weekly newspaper based in Oakland. He has published eight cover articles (3,000-7,000 words), more than a dozen news articles (800-1,600 words), and written multiple blog posts. He was part of a group of Express journalists who won a Peninsula Press Club award for their coverage of the Oakland Police Department.
Making Contact  - Oakland CA  ( June 2008 - June 2010 )
After completing a six-month full time internship for the internationally distributed radio show Making Contact, Joaquin Palomino was hired to produce a number of radio documentaries and speech shows.


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