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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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Analysis: The Paradox Of Humanely Conducting Death Penalty Executions

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Condoms No Longer Allowed As Evidence In San Francisco Prostitution Cases

After pressure from human rights organizations and health officials, a decision was made by the San Francisco’s District Attorney to no longer allow condoms as evidence in cases of prostitution.

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Plan To Transform SF’s Market Street Would Eliminate Buses To Accommodate Bicycles

The latest plan to revamp San Francisco’s Market Street would take all buses off Mission Street and move the bicycle lanes from Market to Mission.

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Survey Finds Doctors Split On Ethical Issues, Stanford Expert Weighs In

A new nationwide survey has attempted to find out what doctors will do when faced with key medical ethical issues.

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California Senate Bill Would Require More Space When Cars Pass Bicycles

The state Senate was scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation that would require drivers to allow at least three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists from behind.

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Golden Gate Bridge E-Book Highlights 75-Year History Of Landmark Span

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The upcoming 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge has spawned an e-book that show’s off a rich, and surprisingly unknown, history of a very familiar landmark. Oral histories from bridge [...]

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