Tyche Hendricks is an editor for The California Report on KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she curates a blog called, “Governing California: Making Sense of Our State of Disarray.” She is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and the director of the school’s California Immigration Reporting Project. She spent more than a dozen years at newspapers, most of them at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the intersection of culture and politics – reporting on immigration, demographics and immigrant communities.
Hendricks reported extensively on the U.S.-Mexico border and her book, The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, was published by the University of California Press in June 2010. Her work has taken her across the continent from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Lake Nicaragua. Along the way, she has trekked through deserts and jungles, helped pregnancy test cattle and bury hurricane victims, monitored polling stations and learned to cook pollo en mole.
Hendricks has also worked at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News and the Seattle Times. She started her journalism career in radio, filing stories for Marketplace, Pacifica Network News and The California Report. Her work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She was a Knight Digital Media Fellow in 2010.
She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Latin American Studies and an MJ in Journalism, both from UC Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.