Zaidee Stavely

Reporter, Radio Bilingue & KQED News

Zaidee Stavely fell in love with radio in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, while reporting on the small community radio station of Radio Huayacocotla, which plays local traditional music, broadcasts news in four languages, and puts families in touch with their loved ones living and working in New York. In addition to reporting for KQED, she also reports and edits features for Radio Bilingüe, the Latino Public Radio network.

Guadalupe Garcia (left) hugs her mother Gabriela Garcia.

US citizen children of DACA recipients await Supreme Court ruling on program


An estimated 250,000 US-born children nationwide have parents in the country under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. A lawsuit on whether the Trump administration can end DACA is before the US Supreme Court.

A school campus with small blue buildings

Newcomer students face daunting obstacles to graduate. This California high school makes it possible.

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A teacher speaks in front of the classroom.

In this California classroom, students teach each other their home languages — and learn acceptance

People sitting in chairs at a clinic

Proposed ‘public charge’ rule change stirs confusion over green card eligibility

Woman leans over desks handing out paper, with two other women sitting around and white board in elemenatary school classroom behind them

In a California elementary school, parents have a classroom of their own

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In Mexico City, a grandmother, who has not seen her relatives living in the US for nearly two decades, “visits” them through a virtual reality video made by the Family Reunions Project.

Homesick? Two immigrant entrepreneurs are creating virtual reunions.


The Family Reunions Project goes beyond seeing photos on Facebook or calling relatives over Skype. But the project’s creators were not prepared for how people would react when they put on goggles and “visited” home.


US law students, driven by their own family stories, are helping asylum-seekers


At the University of California, Davis, law students take on immigrant cases, with guidance, and double as cultural navigators too.


How one school is helping students cope with post-election fears


After their school was tagged with anti-immigrant graffiti, teachers at an elementary school in California asked students to put pen to paper.

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Violence drove these stepsisters from home, but their journey to the US brought them together


Stepsisters Monica and Nataly didn’t know each other when living with separate families in from El Salvador. But when both teens started receiving threats, their relatives sent for them in California and they trekked north together — and bonded.