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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5:02am

Thu March 19, 2015
Business

Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:03 am

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7:52pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

More San Francisco Police Officers Accused Of Sending Racist Texts

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:02 pm

In a rapidly unfolding scandal, San Francisco law enforcement officials are pledging to review the case work of four city police officers who are accused of sending a series of racist and homophobic text messages.

A published report says the San Francisco Police Department is also investigating at least 10 other officers in connection with the sharing of offensive text messages.

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4:21am

Mon February 23, 2015
U.S.

Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:54 pm

People in Miami protest the Texas district judge who on Tuesday temporarily blocked the implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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As Congress debates the fate of President Obama's immigration policies, the nation's immigration court system is bogged down in delays exacerbated by the flood of unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border last summer.

The administration made it a priority for those cases to be heard immediately. As a result, hundreds of thousands of other cases have been delayed until as late as 2019.

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5:10pm

Sat February 21, 2015
U.S.

Texas Court Ruling Leaves Undocumented Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 6:54 pm

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6:18am

Wed January 14, 2015
Politics

Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:53 pm

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4:18pm

Thu December 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 3:34 pm

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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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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.
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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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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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4:14pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Law

Strapped And Stretched, Non-Profits Struggle To Defend Immigrant Minors

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

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6:47pm

Fri August 8, 2014
The Two-Way

A Top Immigration Judge Calls For Shift On 'Fast-Tracking'

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 7:27 pm

Immigrants board a bus after being released from U.S. Border Patrol detention in Texas last month. An immigration judge says the Obama administration's "fast-tracking" effort means many people go into court without an attorney, opening a door to future problems.
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As the Obama administration says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southwest border is declining, the White House is being urged to stop fast-tracking their deportation hearings. That call is coming from an unusual source: one of the nation's top immigration judges.

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