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Robin Simmonds

News reporter & Multimedia producer

Location icon Washington DC, United States

Robin Simmonds is a reporter from Madrid, Spain. Recently she has completed a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. During her time in the US and abroad in France and the UK she has worked as a reporter in different outlets at a local, regional and national level.

Some of these outlets include MARCA in Spain, KQED in California, and AFP and Al Jazeera in Washington DC. Robin is professionally proficient in Spanish, English, and French and her interests lie in social justice issues and international relations.

She is drawn to cover matters that affect the underserved populations of the world and to environmental issues such as water security and the effects of climate change in developing nations.



Richmond Confidential

Richmond Confidential
The historical uniqueness of a city in transformation

Richmond is a record breaker. Known for many years to host the largest oil refinery in the country and as the most productive World War II shipyard, Richmond also once hosted the biggest winery in the world. The city's historical legacy has been recognized in some respects.

Richmond Confidential
District elections proposal heads to city, aims to give neighborhoods a voice

A push to change the way City Council members are elected appears to have resurfaced in Richmond. If successful, the initiative would draw six new districts in the city, each with an elected representative. The grassroots group Richmond Citizens for District Elections plans to work on the wording of the initiative and present it to the city next month.

Richmond Confidential
Locals play softball with soulful purpose

Softball seems to have become a new form of community therapy in Richmond. On eight consecutive Sundays during the past summer, hundreds of Richmond residents gathered at Nichol Park to play games that were often more about overcoming community ills than scoring runs.

Richmond Confidential
Richmond Pulse gives voice to the voiceless

Malcolm Marshall, managing editor at the Pulse, has been recognized this year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Malcolm will be presented the group's Silver Heart award tonight, an award that honors a "journalist whose career reflects an extraordinary dedication to giving voice to the voiceless".

Richmond Confidential
Historic buildings of Richmond forgotten but not gone

Standing at the intersection of Harbour Way and Nevin Avenue sits the famed New Hotel Carquinez. Most of the people passing through the ornate entryway these days are senior residents of the subsidized apartments inside. There is no fancy restaurant, no bellhops, no grand chandeliers.

Richmond Confidential
Richmond Wrecking Belles play for the challenge

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Fast-paced and tough, the roller derby girls of the Bay Area fought with determination for the regional championship title in Richmond this Saturday. Devoted fans filled Craneway Pavilion to cheer on their favorite team.


The California Report
Plastic Bag Ban All But Dead in State Legislature | KQED

Year after year, environmentalists try to get a statewide, disposable plastic bag ban passed in Sacramento. And year after year, the measure fails for one reason or another. Some observers thought this year might be different, because more than 100 cities and counties have already passed their own local bans.

Gov. Brown to Decide on Bills to Ease Drug Sentences

Two bills that would change sentences for drug-related crimes were approved by a slim majority in the state Senate Thursday and are on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. If signed, the measures would mark a victory for opponents of the war on drugs, who argue that criminal penalties for narcotics-related offenses fill prisons with people who shouldn't be there and unfairly target minorities.

Gun-Check Bill Inspired by Isla Vista Tragedy Heads to Governor

The California Legislature today approved a measure that would encourage law enforcement officers to check to see whether a person who may be a danger to themselves or others is also the owner of a firearm. Senate Bill 505, introduced by state Sen.

The Daily Californian

The Daily Californian
Fire breaks out at Cal Student Store on Saturday morning | The Daily Californian

At 10:32 a.m. Saturday morning, Berkeley Fire Department responded to a report of smoke emanating from the roof of the Cal Student Store on Bancroft Way, near Telegraph Avenue. According to BFD Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe, the smoke originated from a small fire burning in a four-inch gap between the two adjacent buildings that house the campus bookstore and clothing shop.

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