COVID-19 Community Report

In a time of physical distancing, access to local news and information is more important than ever. Join Host Autumn Labbe-Renault live at noon Tuesdays & Fridays from 12-12:30. On the air since March 17, 2020,  Autumn's been interviewing public health representatives, elected officials, community activists, nonprofit leaders, teachers and more for the past several weeks. The information, resources, and strategies around COVID-19 are ever changing, and hearing from decision makers and community members in this moment is powerful. These shows are rebroadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 pm, and Sundays at noon.  Autumn is executive director of Davis Media Access and is currently focusing some of her work time on documenting the effects of the pandemic here in Yolo County, using radio and video archives.

Please scroll down below this description for the archives of all previous episodes available to stream.


Replays Tuesday 5-5:30pm, Friday 5-5:30pm, Sunday 12-12:30pm
Live Friday 12-12:30pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 22: Updates from DJUSD with Dr. Cindy Pickett and Immigrant Advocacy with Anoosh Jorjorian - June 2, 2020

On Episode 22, we're joined by Dr. Cindy Pickett to talk about how the Davis school district and the families, faculty, and its administration have weathered the past few months. We will also speak with Anoosh Jorjorian,  a project coordinator with the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network  - a group serving and advocating for immigrants in Yolo County.

For three years, Dr. Pickett has served as the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion at UC Davis, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. She also serves as the president of the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees. In its planning for fall classes, the district is focusing on strategies that can be flexible and can move back and forth between in-person learning and online teaching, depending on guidelines provided by a variety of state agencies and Yolo County. Click here to view upcoming and past school board meetings via, and to provide public comments for the meeting email

Back in April, I interviewed then-YIIN President David Lichtenhan about their ApoYolo Project. Today, Anoosh Jorjorian joins me to talk about the project's milestones and current needs. They need bilingual volunteers to work directly with families in Davis, and can also use general volunteers to help with administrative and social media work (they do not need to be bilingual). Here's where you can sign up to volunteer.

Contact them via their website for information at

#communitymedia #community radio #YoloCounty #covid19

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 21: Interviews with Ryan Collins Coordinating Homeless Services and Davis Enterprise Editor Sebastian Onate -May 26th, 2020

In Episode 21 we speak with Ryan Collins, City of Davis' Homeless Outreach Services Coordinator and with Sebatian Onate, editor of the Davis Enterprise.  Both are involved with very essential services and face unique challenges during the conoravirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 20: Speaking with UC Davis One Health Institute's Dr. Jonna Mazet - UCD Research Tackling Global Infectious Disease Challenges

In Episode 20 we talk with Dr. Jonna Mazet and gain an insightful peek into the world of #virushunters. Mazet is an epidemiologist and Executive Director of the University of California, Davis One Health Institute. She is a professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Mazet is a leader in the field of One Health and is active in international research programs, most notably in relation to disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers of disease emergence.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 19: Speaking with Anne-Marie Flynn of Mutual Housing CA and Gina Daleiden from First 5 Yolo

Episode 19 of the COVID-19 Report highlights the work of two local nonprofit/community leader rock stars - Anne-Marie Flynn, Outreach Development Coordinator for Mutual Housing California, and Gina Daleiden, Executive Director of First 5 Yolo. Both organizations serve important roles working with very specific  communities within Yolo County. Both work with a variety of community partners, and each had to do a hard pivot to meet need during this unprecedented time. 

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 18: A Visit with County Supervisor Gary Sandy and Wendi Counta from Progress Ranch - May 15, 2020

On Episode 18, we talk with Gary Sandy, Yolo County Supervisor for District 3, and chair of the Board of Supervisors. We also hear from Wendi Counta, Executive Director of Progress Ranch, which operates two group homes for boys here in Davis. We'll learn  how they are weathering the storm, and also ways the community can help the carry out their mission. Supervisor Sandy talked a bit about the importance of testing and contact tracing as an integral part of the County's longterm strategy for progressing through the stages of re-opening. Training for contact tracing continues. The discussion also addressed how the City of Woodland was doing and highlighted the large percentage of "Mom and Pop" businesses that keep Woodland vibrant, and how difficult the last two months have been, while so many are working hard to re-invent the way they provide services.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 17: Talking with Davis City Councilmember Dan Carson - May 12, 2020

It's no secret that municipalities will be among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as revenues from several major sources dry up or slow to a trickle. My guest on Tuesday's show is Davis City Councilmember Dan Carson. Elected to the Council in 2018 and currently serving his first term, Dan ran on a platform of being real about finances and financial realities. We talk about the challenges the City faces, and get his insights into the process.  For more information the City of Davis has launched a new webpage regarding COVID-19 related responses and conditions. The show airs live at noon on KDRT 95.7 FM and #communityradio #communitymedia #municipalfinance #lifeinthetimeofcovid #DavisCA #YoloCounty

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 16: Checking in with CA State Senator Dodd and the Roadmap to Recovery - May 8, 2020

This week we talk with Senator Bill Dodd, who represents California's  3rd Senate District, which includes Yolo County as well as all or portions of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. We talk about California's Roadmap to Recovery, and discuss how we move forward from here.

Our discussion touched briefly on (1) the state budget and future of post-COVID-19 education funding, (2) issues regarding the COVID-19 testing  and case statistics in relation to phases of local economic recovery activites, and (3) addressing the risks and costs associated with past and future wildfire prevention, fighting and recovery.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 15: Updates from Davis Mayor Brett Lee and the Yolo Community Foundation- May 5, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 sharply impact cities, and still there are things like municipal measures (such as MeasureJ/R)  and local elections to consider. We talk about that and more with Davis Mayor Brett Lee.  Today's conversation included an overview of how the pandemic is impacting the city's budget as it prepares for a new fiscal year starting July 1, 2020.  We also heard from Jessica Hubbard of Yolo Community Foundation about this week's local giving program #BDOG2020 for the Big Day of Giving, which is this Thursday, May 7, and the foundation's donor engagement program.  The Yolo Community Foundation is spearheading an effort to raise awareness and funding for our region's hard-working nonprofit organizations with the Yolo COVID-19 Relief Initiative.  This initiative is made possible through the partnerships with Yolo County and the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.  

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 14: Updates From Congressman John Garamendi - May 1, 2020

Today,  May 1st, we're pleased to welcome Congressman John Garamendi back to the show.  We last spoke with him on April 3, as Congress was passing its first stimulus bill.  On April 21, Congressman Garamendi introduced legislation called the UNITE Act (Undertaking National Initiatives to Tackle Epidemics).  This bill would mobilize experienced existing organizations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and FEMA volunteers to support public health responders with COVID-19 contact tracing and testing.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 13: Discussing Current Challenges with Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance and Cool Davis - Apr 28th, 2020

Episode 13 features two rock stars of the local nonprofit scene: Sheila Allen of Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, and Chris Granger of Cool Davis. What challenges is each organization and its constituent population facing? How are they meeting those challenges  now, and how will those challenges change as we begin to plan for an uncertain future?

One of the new programs launched this month by Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance is Phone Friends for Seniors. They match seniors who would like to receive check-in phone calls with volunteers who can also assist with linking to services such as food/meal and prescription medication deliveries, and provide an important chance for social contact. Over the past 10  years, their network of organizations and service providers for local seniors has grown to  97!  

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