NEW – Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition (RADIO & PODCAST)



The Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition is our weekly one-hour public affairs radio program an podcast covering how State and Federal policy and politics impact the north, central and southern regions of the San Joaquin Valley. It is broadcasted on Newstalk 580 KMJ on Sundays from 9 to 10 am.

KMJ, which uses a 50,000 watt transmitter, can be heard throughout the San Joaquin Valley.  Its signal can be picked up as far south as Santa Clarita and as far north as San Francisco.  The program will also be podcast on iTunes.

The first half-hour of (“The Maddy Reportsegment) will be an audio version of the weekly half-hour tv program, The Maddy Report, seen on KSEE 24 (NBC-Fresno), KVPT (PBS-Valley), KVIE (PBS-Sacramento) and on the California Channel (Statewide). The Maddy Report focuses on public policy issues being addressed at the State Capital and in Washington, D.C. that are important to California and the San Joaquin Valley.

The second half hour (“Valley Views” segment) will focus the conversation on how the particular topic specifically impacts Valley residents. To ensure a wide range of viewpoints and an informative discussion, guests from throughout the political spectrum and from throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley will be invited to participate.

The goal of The Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition will be to provide a balanced, fact-based and thought-provoking examination of issues facing the San Joaquin Valley—from Bakersfield to Stockton and every city in between.  It is intended to advance our mission of fostering more informed discussion and a more engaged electorate.

The program is moderated by the Maddy Institute’s Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

The Maddy Report-Valley Views Edition debuted in 2013.

The following is a list of the most recent Maddy Report shows.

  • “Smart Growth, Good for the Valley?” Guests Joseph Minicozzi, Principal – Urban 3; Clovis Mayor Lynne Ashbeck and Modesto Mayor Garrand Marsh discuss growth issues with Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler.
  • “Fracking: Boom or Bust?” Guests Robert Merrill, CSU Fresno professor of geology, Janice Gillespie, CSU Bakersfield professor of geology; and  Tupper Hull, vice president of strategic communications for Western States Petroleum Association
  • “The State Water Plan: Peace in the Valley?” Guests Delta Counties Coalition Coordinator Doug Brown; Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager of Westlands Water District; and California Water Institute Director Sargeant Green
  • “California Business and Jobs Forcast: Sunny on the Coast, Partly Cloudy in the Valley” Guests Richard Chapman, president and CEO of Kern Economic Development Corporation, and Lee Ann Eager, President and CEO of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
  • “Public Employee Pensions: Fiscal Implications for the State and Valley” Guests Marcia Fritz, director of Californians for Fiscal Responsibility, lobbyist Christy Bouma of Capitol Connection, and Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee
  • “Covered California: California’s New Health Care Exchange Opens for Business” Guests David Panush, director of external affairs with Covered California, and Daniel Weintraub with the California Health Network and editor of the California Health Report
  • “Master Plan for Higher Education: Time for a New Edition” Guests Carole D’Elia, Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission, and Nancy Shulock, Executive Director of Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at CSU Sacramento
  • “Armed and Potenially Dangerous: Crime, Weapons and Mental Illness in the Valley” Guests Fresno Superior Court Judge Hilary Chittick, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health director Dawan Utecht, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims
  • “State Auditor” California’s High Risk Issues” Guests Paul Hurley, former opinion page editor of the Visalia Times-Delta; Bill McEwen, editorial page editor of the Fresno Bee; and Melinda Morales, Community Conversation Editor of the Visalia Times-Delta
  • “Fresno State President Joseph Castro: A Look Forward” Guest is: Dr. Joseph Castro, President of California State University, Fresno. 
  • “Building Up or Building Out: The Dollars and Cents (Sense) of Smart Growth” Guests are: Joseph Minicozzi, Principal – Urban 3, Clovis Mayor Lynne Ashbeck and Modesto Mayor Garrard Marsh.
  •  “California’s Watchdogs” – Guests are: Mac Taylor, head of California’s Legislature Analyst’s Office; California State Auditor Elaine Howle, and Stuart Drown, director of California’s Little Hoover Commission.
  • “California’s New Health Care Exchange” Guests are: David Panush, director of external affairs with Covered California, and Daniel Weintraub with the California Health Network and editor of the California Health Report.
  • “California’s Prisoner’s Dilemma” Guests are: Dr. Emma Hughes, criminology professor at Fresno State; Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson; and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
  • “California’s Legislative Session: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Guests are: Dan Walters, Political Reporter for the Sacramento Bee; Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto); and John Myers Political Editor for News 10 Sacramento.
  • “California’s Political Climate: Just (Not) Right”
  • “Tea Party: Are Reports of its Demise Premature?”:  Guests are: Mike Villines, former Republican State Assembly Minority Leader, Paul Hurley, former Editorial Page editor with the Visalia Times Delta, and Justin Stoner, District Director for the current Republican Minority Leader Connie Conway.
  • “2012: A Year in Review and Agenda for 2013”: Guests are: Bill McEwen, columnist for the Fresno Bee, Paul Hurley, former Editorial page editor with the Visalia Times Delta, and Professor Nathan Monroe, director of Undergraduate Programs in Political Science at UC Merced.
  • “The Governor’s 2013 Budget: Back in Black?”: Guests are: Jeff Cummins, CSU Fresno Political Science Professor, Bill McEwen, columnist for the Fresno Bee, and Jeff Michael, Director of the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center.
  • “Money in Politics: The Costs of Free Speech”: Guests are: Mike Villines, former Assembly Minority Leader, Juan Arambula, formerly on the Fresno School Board, The Fresno County Board of Supervisors and a Member of the State Assembly, and John Ellis, political reporter for the Fresno Bee.
  • “Cap & Trade: What’s the Forecast for California’s Climate Change Program?”: Guests are: Nathan Monroe, director of Undergraduate Programs in Political Science at UC Merced, Casey Creamer, Vice President of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations and the Western Agricultural Processors Association, and Paul Hurley, former Editorial page editor with the Visalia Times Delta.
  • “School Finance Reform: Show Me the Money!”: Guests are: Tom Changnon, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Johnston, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Clovis Unified, Ruth Quinto, Fresno Unified’s Deputy Superintendent/CFO, and Christine Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
  • “Government Regulations and Lawsuits: Balancing Jobs and Justice”: Guests are:  Carol Whiteside with California Strategies, Larry Artenian, a Fresno attorney, and Lorelei Oviatt, Kern County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.
  • “California 2025: Planning for a Better Future”: Guests are: Juan Arambula, formerly on the Fresno School Board, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, and a Member of the State Assembly, Justin Stoner, district director for State Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, and John Arthur, VP and Executive Editor of the Bakersfield Californian.
  • “The Governor’s 2013 Budget: Back in Black?”
  • “UC’s and CSU’s: Getting a Bigger Bang for the Buck”: Guests are: CSU Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland, former Fresno State President John Welty, and CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell.
  • “CEQA Reform: Trying Not to Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater” Guests are: Judy Sly, Editor of the Opinions pages of the Modesto Bee, Sarah Hedgpeth-Harris, a Fresno land-use attorney, and Calvin Stead, a Bakersfield environmental attorney.
  • “The Delta – Fixing California’s Water Faucet” Guests are: Phil Isenberg, chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, and Dale Hoffman-Floerke, deputy director of Delta and Statewide Water Management for the California Department of Water Resources.
  • “California Retrospective: A Conversation with George Skelton Guest is: George Skelton, political columnist for the LA Times.
  • “Water Woes – Dealing with the Legacy of Nitrate Contamination” Guests are: Laurel Firestone, an attorney with the Community Water Center; Dave Orth, GM of Kings River Conservation District and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Drinking Water Stakeholders; and Clay Rodgers, Assistant Executive Officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board.
  • “California Retrospective: A Conversation with Dan Walters” Guest is: Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee.
  • “Health Care Reform – California Update”
  • “High Speed Rail – All Aboard” Guests are: Guests former Fresno mayor and current Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Lee Ann Eager, President/CEO of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County.
  • “The May 2013 Revise: A Debate Over Restoring Cuts v. Holding the Line” Guests are: Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Visalia) and State Sen.  Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).
  • “Trade with China: Challenges and Opportunities” – Guests are: John Harris, a prominent west-side farmer and CEO and chairman of Harris Farms, and Pete Weber, a former corporate executive and current leader in California Forward and California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
  • “Immigration Reform: What It Could Mean for California and the San Joaquin Valley” Guests are: Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Mike Doyle, Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.
  • “California Agriculture and Immigration Reform: Will It Die on the Vine?” Guests are: Ryan Jacobsen, CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau; Rob Roy, president of the Ventura County Agricultural Association; and Mark Silverman, director of immigrant policy at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
  • “California’s Community Colleges:  Can They Meet the State’s Education and Workforce Needs?” – Guests are: Jill Stearns, president of Modesto Junior College; Ron Taylor, president of Merced College; and Don Warkentin, president of West Hills College, Lemoore.
  • “Fresno State President John Welty: A Look Back” Guests are: Pete Mehas, current CSU trustee and former Superintendent of the Fresno County Office of Education; Bill McEwen, editorial page editor of the Fresno Bee; and Pete Weber of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.