Rachel Becker

reporter for CalMatters with a background in scientific research

Rachel Becker on KCRW

Across California, city and county officials are finding dangerous chemicals in their drinking water wells.

New California environmental standards reveal toxins in some water systems

Across California, city and county officials are finding dangerous chemicals in their drinking water wells.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

With fires burning throughout California and smoky/hazy conditions casting orange glows over LA and San Francisco, people may be wondering whether the air they’re breathing could…

With a heat wave and wildfires, inhaling a ‘toxic soup’ can harm people’s lungs

With fires burning throughout California and smoky/hazy conditions casting orange glows over LA and San Francisco, people may be wondering whether the air they’re breathing could…

from Greater LA

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The disappearance of Kristin Smart in San Luis Obispo has gone unsolved for 25 years, and among those demanding justice are local women who grew up following her case.

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