Holly J. McDede has spent over four years as a reporter for KALW public radio, producing in depth, sound rich audio pieces on everything from a reunion for former Alcatraz inmates to mental health training for police to efforts to reform the state's sex registry. During that time, she's also led KALW's training programs for high school students, and worked as an editor and producer on the breaking news desk at KCBS radio. Now she is an on-call producer and reporter with KQED, where she files daily news stories and produces The California Report.


Take a look at the national staffing crisis among substance use disorder counsellors across the state, and spend time with a supervisor who started out as a group counsellor making $19 an hour.