Kacey Gardner

Communications Coordinator

Kacey Gardner joined North State Public Radio in February 2015 as the station's social media and web coordinator. She studied journalism at California State University, Chico, during which time she served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper, The Orion, and worked two years as an editorial assistant for the university's Department of Public Affairs and Publications. She also spent two consecutive summers interning on the copy desk of The Sacramento Bee. Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Kacey grew up with a love for reading and writing and has since translated that love into a passion for journalism and multimedia storytelling. 

NSPR will not be providing on-air updates on wildfires between midnight and 6 a.m. Here’s how you can keep up with the latest from both officials and media using social media on your smartphone or computer:

The cost of living in California is one of the highest in the nation. And the cost of attending a state college has increased three-fold in the last 20 years. These financial burdens coupled with any kind of personal crisis can leave today’s California State University students struggling more than ever before to meet their basic needs. NSPR’s Kacey Gardner has more on why and how state universities are trying to help.


Business and community leaders convened in Oroville yesterday for the 17th annual North State Economic Forecast Conference, hosted by Chico State’s Center for Economic Development.

The economists who spoke predicted another year of slow growth nationally, and highlighted issues Californians in particular should pay attention to.

But first, macroeconomist Dr. Robert Eyler of Sonoma State University addressed one topic undoubtedly on many attendees’ minds – the effects of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Making the unincorporated Southside neighborhood a part of Oroville was debated for more than 50 years. Last summer that conversation was officially put to rest as it was annexed into the city. Now just more than a year after the decision, NSPR's Kacey Gardner looks into questions and challenges that remain.


"They want to change the name."
"To what?"
"South Oroville. They want to change it to South Oroville."
"Nah...This is Southside Oroville..."
"It's been Southside Oroville...for decades."


A name is an identity. And if you want to change something's identity, changing the name might be the first step.

It's an idea that’s surfaced more than once following Oroville's annexation of Southside — a diverse, mostly residential neighborhood that’s home to nearly 2,000 people.

To some city and county residents, the name "Southside" is weighed down by baggage. It calls to mind the challenges associated with the community – poverty, crime, and drug abuse to name a few. Many see the annexation as an opportunity for a new chapter.

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Stories that have the North State talking: the economic impact of the state drought; a troubling number of West Nile virus cases; unhealthy air conditions in Trinity County as wildfires continue to burn; and students heading back to school.

A new UC Davis study says that this year’s drought will cost California more than $2.7 billion and could result in 21,000 jobs lost.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA says if you see one meteor shower this year, this week’s Perseid shower, peaking late tonight and early tomorrow, would be a great choice. The annual event features “fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains," and this year, it coincides with a new moon for the first time since 2007, meaning "there will be no moonlight to upstage the show.” 

State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) agreed to pay $10,000 in fines for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday from California’s campaign finance watchdog.


Three stories that have the North State talking: the effects of multiple wildfires in Northern California; a California child was diagnosed with the human plague; and it’s National Farmers Market Week.

Dozens of wildfires burning throughout the state this week have resulted in canceled events, poor air quality and visibility, and millions of dollars spent on resources.


Four stories that have the North State talking: Dozens of wildfires rage in California, destroying homes and prompting evacuations; man arrested for bringing loaded gun into Chico movie theater; lone gray wolf caught on camera in Siskiyou County; and more.