Richard Gonzales

Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.

Gonzales joined NPR in May 1986. He covered the U.S. State Department during the Iran-Contra Affair and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Four years later, he assumed the post of White House Correspondent and reported on the prelude to the Gulf War and President George W. Bush's unsuccessful re-election bid. Gonzales covered the U.S. Congress for NPR from 1993-94, focusing on NAFTA and immigration and welfare reform.

In September 1995, Gonzales moved to his current position after spending a year as a John S. Knight Fellow Journalism at Stanford University.

In 2009, Gonzales won the Broadcast Journalism Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also received the PASS Award in 2004 and 2005 from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for reports on California's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Prior to NPR, Gonzales was a freelance producer at public television station KQED in San Francisco. From 1979 to 1985, he held positions as a reporter, producer, and later, public affairs director at KPFA, a radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Gonzales graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and social relations. He is a co-founder of Familias Unidas, a bi-lingual social services program in his hometown of Richmond, California.

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
Race

First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:45 pm

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11:23am

Mon December 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:50 pm

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hosting mayors from across the country to support President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Mark Lennihan AP

Short on the heels of a nonbinding House vote to block President Obama's executive action on immigration, some 20 Democratic U.S. mayors are meeting today in New York City to send a different message:

They want to help implement the president's plan.

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Politics

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:07am

Mon November 17, 2014
Politics

Immigrants Wait To See How Obama Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 3:24 pm

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We don't know just when President Obama will act, nor do we know precisely what he will do.

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But if President Obama acts on his own to change immigration policy, we do know millions of lives will be affected.

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9:06pm

Wed November 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 3:08 pm

Chevron Corp. supported several candidates in Richmond, Calif., where the company has been hoping to modernize a large oil refinery, seen here in 2010. None of the Chevron-backed candidates were elected.
Paul Sakuma AP

Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron Corp. got clobbered in a hot local election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

The San Francisco Bay Area community of 107,000 people attracted national attention to its race for City Council. Richmond is home to one of Chevron's two West Coast refineries. The city has long been known as a company town: Chevron is Richmond's largest employer and taxpayer.

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4:42pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Sports

Giants Fans Rejoice After Third World Series Title In 5 Years

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:27 pm

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4:53am

Fri October 24, 2014
Sports

Giants Fans Prepare For World Series To Hit City By The Bay

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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5:53pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Men In America

Making Fatherhood An Insider's Game: Becoming A Dad, Again, At 49

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 9:12 am

Dale Conour with his son Quinn, 2. Conour's two children from a previous marriage were already young men when Quinn was born.
Rosanne Sax Courtesy of Dale Conour

Meet Dale Conour, a strapping, athletic man of 52. At midday, he's at home eating lunch with his son, Quinn, who is 2 1/2. Half of the living room of their San Francisco apartment is clearly Quinn's territory, filled with building blocks, a tepee and a train set.

Conour, a brand strategist and former magazine editor, is currently between jobs — which frees him up for afternoons like this with Quinn.

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5:11am

Thu August 28, 2014
Law

Court Rules For FedEx Drivers In Suit Over Job Classification

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:31 pm

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4:06pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Wine Country Quake Leaves Behind Bottles In Shards

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:53 pm

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The USGS estimates the damage from the earthquake at more than a billion dollars. In Napa, emergency managers are making their initial assessments. Napa City Manager, Mike Parness, explains the process.

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