Michael Joyce


Michael's love of radio began with snowstorm school closure announcements during elementary school in his native Minnesota.  For over a decade he produced features in Sacramento and then turned to documentary film while obtaining a Master's in Health Journalism. He's just back from the Philippines where he produced both radio and film. "Radio and film inform each other," says Michael. "Good filmmakers hear as astutely as they see, and in radio we're trying to get people to see what they hear."

2:24 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

The New Face Of The Forest Service in Six Rivers Forest

Merv George is the new supervisor of the Six Rivers National Forest. A member of the Hoopa Valley tribe, he's the first local ever to be appointed to the position.
Credit USFS

The Six Rivers National Forest  covers nearly one million acres, from the Oregon-California border south to Mendocino County.

The forest’s new  supervisor is the first local ever to be appointed to the position. And he’s taking the reins of an organization that’s redefining itself as it redefines how to manage the forest.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
9:05 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Who Will Deliver Our Babies: OB Care In Humboldt County Nears Breaking Point

Open-water swimmer/midwife Stephanie Stone, at Big Lagoon in Humboldt County, CA.
Michael Joyce

The first time I met Stephanie Stone was swimming. She is not a fast swimmer but a stalwart one. A staunch devotee of open water swimming. Hers is not the kind of personality to be contained by a pool. The lagoons of northern Humboldt County, with the ocean pounding a spit of sand away, Roosevelt elk grazing the brackish shoreline, and the whims of weather calling the shots, all seem to resonate with this midwife who’s grown accustomed to turbulent beauty.

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"Neither Rain Nor Snow ..."
4:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Postal Service "Right-Sizing" Not Popular In Humboldt

Humboldt County residents are skeptical of a US Postal Service plan to have their mail sorted in Medford.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR


The United States Postal Service has been losing money every year since 2007; in total, nearly $45 billion. 

One attempt to remedy the situation has been the consolidation of mail processing centers nationwide. Three slated for relocation are in our area: Redding, Eugene, and Eureka. Residents in Eureka are responding to the likelihood, that by next summer,  their mail will be sorted in Medford.

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Who Gets The Water?
5:01 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Cows Versus Cannabis In Humboldt County

Gary Belli on his Ferndale ranch
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

California’s worsening drought and booming marijuana industry are on a collision course.  As the water levels drop and tensions rise, many are asking questions like: Who is to blame? Who should be rationed? And is there a solution? JPR’s Michael Joyce takes a look at just one angle of this crisis: cannabis and cows.

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Midwives To The Rescue?
7:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Three Possible Fixes For Humboldt OB/GYN Dilemma

Dr. Jack Anderson has Anderson has been delivering babies in Humboldt County for nearly 40 years and thinks it may be time to turn the prevailing US childbirth model upside down.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

Across the US, there’s an anticipated 35 percent shortage in the number of obstetrician-gynecologists over the next 35 years.  The situation will be worse in rural counties, half of which already do not have OB/GYNs. JPR takes a look at three potential solutions being explored in Humboldt County and why they may or may not work.

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Fragile Rural Health Care System
8:39 am
Tue June 24, 2014

OB Care In Humboldt County Nears The Breaking Point

Credit Chris Downer via Creative Commons

The United States is facing a shortage of obstetrician/gynecologists of nearly 25-percent over the next 15 years. 

The strain is already being felt in rural areas such as Humboldt County, California, where the ratio of OB/GYNs to women is about one-third the national average.

Why that is, and what can be done about it,  says as much about the plight of rural health care  as it does about who will - or won’t - be there to deliver our babies.

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45th Annual Kinetic Grand Championship
9:58 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Humboldt's Kinetic Sculpture Race: Where Art and Engineering Collide With Imagination

Drilling for Glory, the entry created and piloted by Team Tempus Fugitives
Michael Joyce/JPR

It’s known as “The Triathalon of the Art World.”

That’s the Kinetic Grand Championship, held in Humboldt County this weekend. JPR’s Michael Joyce followed one team during their frantic, final week of preparation.

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Happy Birthday!
6:15 am
Mon May 12, 2014

100 years of University of California Extension Service

(L to R) Humboldt dairyman Dennis Leonardi, UC Extension director Yana Valachovic and UC Extension advisor Jeff Stackhouse celebrate the Extension Service's centennial.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

This week the University of California is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its agricultural extension program. The UC Cooperative Extension serves all 58 California counties. But the very first county to get on board was Humboldt.

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A Head For Business
5:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Humboldt County's Community-Supported Brewery

McKinleyville farmer/brewer Jacob Pressey scythes grain for his next batch of beer.
Credit www.humboldtregeneration.com/

You may be familiar with CSAs , or Community Supported Agriculture. These are the subscription farms that regularly deliver boxes of produce to your door. Now, there’s an entrepreneur in McKinleyville, California who is applying the same business model … to beer.

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World Renewal Ceremony
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wiyot Tribe Heals Ancestral Home

Cheryl Seidner, Wiyot elder and councilwoman, stands near the Wiyot Center in Loleta, California.
Michael Joyce | JPR

This weekend, the Wiyot tribe of Humboldt Bay, near Eureka, will hold its World Renewal Ceremony. This will be the first time the tribe has performed the ceremony in 154 years. The last time was in 1860, when white settlers ambushed the tribe and massacred more than a hundred people.

Both natives and non-natives have struggled to heal that painful past, and the Wiyot say the ceremony is important to the tribe’s future.

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