Everybody eats, and food propels storytelling. The California Foodways radio series and podcast will travel to every county in the state, finding stories about food and agriculture, and the people that make both possible.

California Foodways tells the stories of farmers, farmworkers, cooks, and other food workers. Equally important: developing a diverse generation of storytellers and journalists through partnerships with professors at San Francisco State, Delta College, and UC Merced.

If you have feedback or a story idea, please email: californiafoodways@gmail.com


Lisa Morehouse, reporter/producer

Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio reporter, producer and editor whose work has taken her from Samoan traveling circuses to Mississippi Delta classrooms.  She’s filed for NPR’s Morning Edition and Latino USA, PRI’s The World, and KQED’s The California Report. Before launching California Foodways, she produced the series After the Gold Rush: The Future of Small Town California. For that series, she won national Edward R. Murrow and SPJ NorCal awards, was nominated for a James Beard Award, and was named an 11th Hour/UC Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism fellow.

Morehouse is an editor for KALW’s news magazine, Crosscurrents. A recipient of a Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Morehouse runs workshops at that center each summer.

Morehouse’s first career was in education.  She taught middle school in rural Georgia, founded and ran Teach For America’s Arizona office, and taught for ten years at San Francisco’s Balboa High School.  Her students’ oral histories on immigration and migration were published in 2005’s I Might Get Somewhere. She continues to work with youth in the Bay Area and beyond to develop radio diaries and features. She’s lectured on journalism and audio production at Delta College, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, San Francisco State, and Stanford University.