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Michael Montgomery

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Public Safety Reporter


Michael Montgomery is a reporter and radio producer for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch. He is also a contributor to KQED Public Radio and American RadioWorks. A veteran of radio, television and newspapers, Michael has reported from Europe, Africa and Latin America on topics such as human rights, war crimes tribunals, corruption and the nuclear black market. In California, he has reported extensively on the state’s criminal justice and prison systems. Michael began his career as a newspaper reporter covering the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and wars in former Yugoslavia. He was a staff correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and contributor to the Los Angeles Times. Michael also worked as a television producer for CBS News and a senior correspondent for American RadioWorks. Michael's work has garnered numerous national and international prizes, including an Overseas Press Club Award, IRE Certificate and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. He is producing radio segments for California Watch to be aired on KQED’s The California Report.

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My priorities

Criminal justice; prisons; underground economy

Recent Spotlight Articles

Calif. voters to consider changes to three strikes law
America has embraced tough-on-crime policies since the 1990s. But this November, California voters will consider a ballot measure to reform the state’s strict three strikes law.
State prisons see populations drop under realignment
As more felons are sentenced to local jails instead of state prisons under California’s prison realignment plan, some lockups, like Fresno County’s, are struggling with the influx.
Infographic: California rethinks criminal justice
Until recently, California state prisons were so packed that inmates were living literally on top of each other. In June 2011, the Supreme Court ordered California to drastically reduce its inmate population.
Mendocino County pot program at risk after raid
On Oct. 13, the Drug Enforcement Administration raided Northstone Organics, a medical marijuana co-op farm in Mendocino County.
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