Marc Albert


North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

Marc Albert

Congressman Doug LaMalfa ran into a buzz saw of criticism at a highly anticipated town hall meeting in Grass Valley Saturday.

One would expect a more welcome reception for a congressman who easily cake-walks to re-election. But despite the proximity of Beale Air Force base and the many armed forces retirees in the region, friendly faces were few and far between.

Marc Albert

A bold, though perhaps far-fetched plan to build a railroad link between the Sacramento Valley and Eureka wound up left on a proverbial siding after officials rejected money for a study. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert sent this report.

A total failure of Oroville dam would prove catastrophic. The loss of life, likely tremendous. Repair costs unknown.

While much of the focus in Oroville has shifted to restarting the hydro-electric Hyatt Power Plant, the extent of the tragedy narrowly averted last month is coming into better focus.

North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa fielded wide-ranging questions from constituents during a hastily called conference call Wednesday evening.

Recently elected to a third term, LaMalfa tacked closely to Republican positions on issues involving health care, education, immigration and firearms.

A frequent and vociferous critic of the Affordable Care Act, LaMalfa, like President Donald Trump, emphasized that people shouldn’t worry about losing access to health care.

California Department of Water Resources

Workers operating barge-mounted heavy equipment continued clearing tons of debris left beneath the crippled Lake Oroville spillway Tuesday, as work proceeds toward restarting the dam’s hydro-electric power plant.

An estimated 1 million cubic yards of broken concrete and rock left behind by floodwaters formed an impromptu dam in the diversion pool. That excess water is preventing the dam’s Hyatt power plant from going back online. When operable, water can be released through the plant at a rate of up to 14,000 cubic feet per second.

NSPR's Marc Albert interviews Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

Marc Albert

Frustration, fear, and tales of harrowing escape dominated a public forum held in Oroville last night. 

Residents spoke of chaos during the emergency, with jammed phone lines, evacuation routes leading through flood zones and the elderly and disabled left behind. 

Oroville resident Anne Terry relayed the fear she felt while stuck in jammed traffic 

Photo courtesy Glenn County OES

Residents are salvaging what they can and cleaning up after floodwaters receded from the Colusa County town of Maxwell.

Assistant Sheriff Jim Sasso said crews have been busy clearing debris from drainage channels,

“We’re actually in very good shape today,” he said.

That’s quite a difference from the weekend, when waters quickly rose, and images of the inundated town made national news.

The emergency at Oroville Dam has focused a tremendous amount of attention on the dam itself, the awesome power of nature and the danger to people and property downstream.

But Lake Oroville is hardly the headwaters of the Feather River. Yesterday, NSPR’s Marc Albert looked into what if any help the series of dams upstream of Lake Oroville can be to authorities trying to prevent the lake from filling any further.

Oroville Dam Special Program

Feb 15, 2017
Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources


Tens of thousands of people were evacuated this week following the crisis at the Oroville Dam. These people in low-lying areas of Oroville and in communities along the Feather River are still under an evacuation warning. What does that mean? Tonight we're speaking with officials and residents about the current situation and sharing information that you need to know in the event of another evacuation order.