Kassandra is a Race and Culture Journalist. She looks forward to continuing her coverage of social justice issues, such as human trafficking, homelessness and shining light on marginalized communities and their successes.
She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Media Studies, with a Minor in Ethnomusicology. While at UCSB she also studied abroad in Paris, France and spent a summer teaching creative writing and physical education in Nairobi, Kenya. After college, Kassandra returned to her hometown and served as the 87th Orange Blossom Festival Queen.
Prior to ABC30, she spent time as a weekend weather anchor and reporter in Redding, CA at ABC7 where she covered some of the largest wildfires in California history, severe winter storms and record-breaking heat. She started her on-air career as a reporter in Eugene, OR at the NBC/CBS affiliate, after interning at a local Fresno TV station.
She serves as the secretary for CCNMA: Latinos Journalist of California. She is excited to be back in the Central Valley and looks forward to sharing local stories, if you have a story idea feel free to reach out.
Construction kicks off on southwest Fresno's Lao Dhamma Sacca Temple
For the next several months, construction work will be taking over southwest Fresno's Lao Dhamma Sacca Temple.
Nationwide organization pushing for Diwali Hindu holiday to be observed in Fresno schools
President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, has been pushing for the holiday to be recognized by school districts in the United States.
Mural awarded to Jakara Movement Organization for its community work
After 22 years, the Jakara Movement Organization is being recognized for the positive impact they've had on the community.
14-year-old entrepreneur awarded at Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce's Awards
The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce Awarded six small businesses at their first-ever Central Valley Small Business Awards Breakfast.
Valley high school senior gets accepted to 4 Ivy League Schools
Olivia Lin applied to four different Ivy League schools: Yale, Brown, Princeton and Harvard. This fall, she will kick off her freshman year at Harvard.
Unemployment: Excluded Workers Pilot Program proposed in Assembly Bill 2847
The bill would set aside $597 million for unemployment insurance benefits for undocumented workers in the state.
University of California system waives tuition, fees for federally recognized Native American tribes
The initiative by the UC system is called the "Native American Opportunity Program." It is open to state residents who are members of federally recognized tribes.
$25,000 available in scholarships through Central Valley Scholars
Central Valley Scholars provides scholarships for the LGBTQIA+ and minority communities in the Central Valley.
2020 Census Report shows undercount of minority populations
The Census is geared towards counting everyone. Now that early surveys are out, local non-profits are finding out people they serve were not accounted for.
Barbershop Talks at Fresno State letting men have unique conversations
A unique discussion group at Fresno State is celebrating one year of offering a safe space for men to have open conversations about cultural topics.