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Rebecca Corral

rebeccacorral20100909 kcbs 0583r Rebecca CorralLike most journalists in Northern California, Rebecca Corral has been a faithful KCBS listener from the very beginning. (Where else do you think those TV people get their story ideas?) But it would be nearly a decade before her love affair with radio truly began…

Rebecca started her career in television in 1979, writing news for San Francisco’s KPIX-TV. She eventually joined KRON-TV, where she first produced the 11pm news, then later, hit the streets as a General Assignment reporter…  learning the ropes and winning awards for her coverage of everything from crime and campaigns, to pedagogy and pileups.

Cut to 1988, when Rebecca decided to try her hand at radio. How was she to know they make you set up your own interviews, edit your own tape, carry your own equipment, and produce at least four times as many stories as you produce in television news on any given day?  She thought she’d never make it, particularly after her managing editor sat her down, looked her in the eye, and asked “Do you have any pants? Or flats?” In spite of these extraordinary challenges, Rebecca’s radio career blossomed at KCBS. Soon she was filing two reports an hour, breaking more big stories than ever before, and applying her own mascara.

Like everyone else in the KCBS newsroom, Rebecca’s work has been recognized locally and nationally, with The National Headliner Award,  honors from the Northern California Radio & Television News Director Association, the Associated Press Television & Radio Association, and the John Swett Award for Media Excellence, among others. Yet, corny as it sounds, the privilege of working as a broadcast journalist in San Francisco is the biggest reward of all for Rebecca. Seriously, it is. Even though she’s been in the news biz for her entire adult life, she still gets a happy feeling when she walks into the controlled chaos of the newsroom.

Rebecca is mother to a grown son and almost grown daughter, both of whom she considers the finest people she’s ever met. A Bay Area native, she makes the rounds of local movie houses, theatres, art galleries, dance productions and anything else that assists in her objective of absorbing art and dodging housework.  She loves to watch the demolition of large structures, and the manufacture of almost anything. Rebecca is a seamstress and a wannabe designer, who makes altars, pillows, and lovely baby blankets for children and grownups. Sleep, however, is a bit of a problem for Rebecca, as she is afraid she will miss something if she closes her eyes.

Ever the eager-beaver, Rebecca was named Sigma Delta Chi’s “Outstanding Young Journalist” for 1986. She is hoping to nail the Society of Professional Journalists “Outstanding Old Journalist” award sometime in the next twenty years, before she retires.

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YEAR OF THE DEAD: Grateful Dead Sing National Anthem At Giants Opening Day, 1993

This is the year of the Dead, as America says farewell to the Grateful Dead 50 years after the band was founded, marks the 20th year since the passing of lead singer Jerry Garcia, and anticipates the triumphal and final return of the band to the Bay Area stage June 27th and 28th at Levi’s Stadium. This recording is a great way to count down to that concert.



Consumers Increasingly Choose Pre-Ground ‘K-Cups’ For Their Coffee Convenience

Coffee grinding is increasingly becoming an afterthought with consumers increasingly choosing pre-ground or single-use coffee pods such as Keurig’s K-Cups.


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If Science Says We’re Built For Taking Naps, Why Aren’t They More Widely Accepted?

It’s okay to take a nap. According to a new study by the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, the 30 minute restorative nap can work wonders, but our industrious culture may keeping us from the sleep of our dreams.


A member of the Ku Klux Klan salutes during American Nazi Party rally at Valley Forge National Park September 25, 2004 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Did Duke University Cave On Religious Inclusion Over Political Pressure Or Security Threat?

Before it unraveled, a plan to use Duke University’s chapel tower in a call to prayer for the school’s Muslim community was meant to promote religious unity, but things changed course after mounting criticism and the threats against security.


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More Latino Construction Workers Are Dying On The Job

While the industry gets safer overall, the number of Latino construction workers dying on the job is on the rise.


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Are Gays And Lesbians Less Prepared For Retirement Than Their Hetero Counterparts?

We hear a lot about Americans not being prepared enough for their retirement, but there is now word that gays and lesbians are even less prepared than people who identify as straight.


A view of Market Street heading east toward the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (CBS)

$150 Million Retail Development Breaks Ground At San Francisco’s 6th And Market

A long-delayed $150 million project to further energize the rapidly transitioning mid-Market area of San Francisco broke ground on Wednesday. The Dallas developer says Market Street Place will be an experience.


Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday.  Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday.

Daylight Savings: Falling Forward Instead Of Back Could Lower Child Obesity Rate Researchers Say

This year Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2nd at 2:00 am and the clocks will turn back one hour, but some researchers say falling forward would lower children’s obesity rate.


Demonstrator Tom Comitta pretends to talk on a telephone during a protest inside the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Civic Center station on August 15, 2011 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Are These For Real? CareerBuilders’ Most Unbelievable Excuses For Calling In Sick List

Excuses for calling in sick to your job can range from the mundane and ordinary (like a flu call-in) to the more outlandish or wild. CareerBuilder, has been keeping track through a survey and has released some of the strangest reasons employees have given for sicking out.


Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitor positions of Islamic State (IS) fighters during a battle to retake the eastern town of Jalawla, 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad.  (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Tech Companies Strategize To Scrub Internet Of ISIL Beheading Videos

YouTube and Twitter say they’ve closed the accounts of anyone who tries to post video showing the beheading of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley.



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